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Can Bad Posture Cause Jaw Pain and TMJ?


Many people don't realize it, but there is a strong link between temporomandibular joint pain and poor posture. Now consider how certain modern-day activities can easily prompt posture problems. The bulk of our days are spent sitting in front of a screen - we are either slouching in front of the computer at work or on the couch with a smartphone in our hands.

Either way, we tend to sit for longer periods of time, which puts our posture and health at risk. The poor posture that arises from modern behaviors tends to contribute further to TMJ and jaw pain. Alignment issues, especially in the neck and the shoulders, are often a major cause of TMJ pain too. While the TMJs are usually delicately balanced, alignment issues that could result from poor posture can easily cause the jaw joints misalignment, locking, popping and similar issues.

Improving Posture to Reduce Pain

A lot can be achieved with simple improvements to your posture. You should strive to pay attention to your spinal alignment when sitting or standing. This is usually the first thing that can help you improve both your posture and the pain that comes with jaw misalignment. Physical activities can also help. Make sure you are regularly stretching your muscles, especially if you're someone who sits for extended periods. You should also avoid slouching when sitting by positioning your back directly against your chair back.

While walking, you may also want to pretend you are balancing a book on your head. Keep your back straight and your shoulders back to prevent the "book" from falling down. This will help you ensure your shoulders are not hunched over while also ensuring proper neck and spinal alignment. It will help you walk upright, stand tall, avoid slouching and make significant improvements to your poor posture.

If you're experiencing TMJ pain in Lynnwood, Washington, or the surrounding areas, it's important that you get expert medical help right away. You can schedule an appointment or contact Dr. Buck and the Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics team at 425-409-2180. We'll be more than happy to help!

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