TMJ Migraines and Headaches

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    Are You Experiencing Unexplained Headaches or TMJ Migraines?

    If you are seeking solutions for persistent headaches or migraines, you’re not alone. Driven by a commitment to unravel the complex relationship between craniofacial issues and headaches, our experienced team, led by Dr. Richard Goodfellow, specializes in providing targeted care to address the root causes of your discomfort.

    Causes of TMJ Headaches

    Muscles, when in extreme tension from hyperactivity as a defense to sleep breathing and/or structural issues, can cause pain. Headaches are usually from muscle pain and are often accompanied by neck, back and shoulder pain. Here are some causes of TMJ headaches:

    • Muscle Tension and Strain: Excessive tension or strain in the muscles that control jaw movement can lead to headaches. This tension may be a result of clenching or grinding the teeth, especially during sleep.
    • Joint Misalignment: If the temporomandibular joint is not properly aligned, it can lead to stress on the surrounding muscles and tissues, contributing to headaches.
    • Arthritis: Arthritic conditions affecting the temporomandibular joint can lead to inflammation, pain, and headaches.
    • Teeth Grinding (Bruxism): Grinding or clenching the teeth, especially during sleep, can contribute to muscle tension and strain in the jaw, leading to headaches.
    • Jaw Dislocation: In some cases, the jaw may become temporarily displaced, causing pain and headaches.
    • Stress and Anxiety: Emotional stress and anxiety can contribute to jaw clenching and muscle tension, exacerbating TMJ-related headaches.
    • Trauma or Injury: Injury to the jaw or face, such as a blow or impact, can result in TMJ dysfunction and associated headaches.
    • Malocclusion (Misaligned Bite): An improper bite, where the upper and lower teeth do not come together correctly, can contribute to TMJ issues and headaches.

    It’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional like Dr. Goodfellow at the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of the Greater Toronto Area for a thorough evaluation if you are experiencing persistent headaches related to TMJ issues. Treatment options may include lifestyle modifications, stress management, dental appliances, physical therapy, and, in some cases, surgical intervention.

    How Can We Help?

    At our centre, we recognize that headaches and migraines can be debilitating, impacting your daily life. Dr. Goodfellow and our experienced professionals employ advanced diagnostic techniques to identify the specific factors contributing to your symptoms. From there, we craft personalized treatment plans, integrating innovative therapies to alleviate pain and improve your overall well-being.

    Discover relief and regain control over your life by exploring our comprehensive approach to headaches and migraines at the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of the Greater Toronto Area. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward a headache-free future.

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    Julia Daley

    5.0 ★★★★★

    Dr. Goodfellow helped me immensely with all of my TMJ and sleep problems. He always explained every part of my treatment in detail so we were always at the same level of understanding. His staff was extremely kind and always accommodating of my needs. One of the best clinics and most pleasant experiences I have had when getting a medical treatment!


    5.0 ★★★★★

    If you have TMJ issues and headaches, go to Dr Goodfellow! I have suffered from migraines, jaw locking and clicking, aches, etc; after my treatment with Dr Goodfellow and his team, my jaw doesn’t lock and click anymore and I can open my mouth wide again with no pain! My headaches have decreased too. very happy, thank you 🙂

    Angela Di Benedetto

    5.0 ★★★★★

    I’ve suffered so long with headaches, jaw pain, tinnitus and severe fatigue and was so great full to have meet Dr. Goodfellow and his amazing staff, they are beyond knowledgeable and I finally no longer suffer with pain.