Headache Symptoms and Causes

headache symptoms and causes

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Headaches and other head and neck pain symptoms can result from force imbalances that affect blood vessels, muscles, and nerves in the head, face, and neck.  The trigeminal nucleus, which is part of your nervous system, sends pain signals to the brain during these imbalances.  

Dr. Sprinkle utilizes unique systems and technology to balance these forces and create a stable foundation for you to be free of head related pain.

Get Your Personal Analysis

Have you ever had your chewing motion studied? Have the forces of your bite, and the timing of your teeth coming into contact been examined?  Has the electrical activity of your muscles as you chew and clench been analyzed? 

Probably not.  Less than 1% of all dentists have the technology to perform the critical analysis to determine imbalances.  Most dental treatments are for acute issues of decay, gum disease or esthetics. But your teeth, jaws, and muscles all work together for one purpose - to help you chew your food, which is the first step in digestion. If one of those components is not working, or aligned properly,  you will ex[perence dysfunction and pain.

At Headache Relief Alternatives, Dr. Sprinkle and his staff use a variety of systems, technologies, analysis to determine the causes of a patient's head and neck pain.

Our Techniques Treat Pain Symptoms Including:

  • Clenching and grinding of the teeth
  • Dental wear and tooth breakage
  • Clicking and popping of the jaw - a healthy joint makes no noise
  • Discomfort in the jaw or neck
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Facial pain

Disclusion Time Reduction

DTR is a treatment therapy and technological technique developed by Dr. Robert Kerstein, DMD at Tufts Dental School in the mid 1980's. Using T-Scan technology he was able to measure and document the force and timing of teeth as they make contact, as well as the excess pressure applied to the teeth. 

His research revealed that excess pressure applied to the back teeth, triggered a reflex in the trigeminal nervous system, which created hyperactivity in the muscles of the head and neck, resulting in pain. 

T-Scan technology, which breakds down the chewing cycle into units of 0.003 seconds, allows dentists to see the exact point and time when excess pressure takes place 

When linked to the Bio Reserch electromyographic recording system, dentists observe exactly,  at what point in the chewing cycle, the excess pressure occurs and stimulates hypermuscle activity.  This critical output allows for pinpoint adjustments to the teeth that reduce pressure, cut off the trigger to hypermuscle activity, and eliminate pain.  Reduction of, or complete elimination of pain, is often experience within the first week of a patient's treatment. DTR can also reduce or eliminante the need for night guards and other types of TMJ appliances. 

Types of Headache Pain

  • Tension headaches are the most common, causing a band of pain around the top and sides of the head and neck.  This condition results in tightening of the head, neck, and facial muscles.
  • Inflammatory headaches are another type, which result from inflammation or swelling.
  • Traction headaches are caused when pain-sensitive parts of the head, neck, or face are pulled, stretched, or displaced. Often, patient's do not recall the incidient that triggered the headaches.  Sometimes displacement started with whiplash after a fender bender, or because repetitive eye strain.
  • Vascular headache pain, also known as migraine or cluster headaches, cause severe pain, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, dizziness, and vision impairment.

Head Pain, Head, Neck, or Body Trauma

Sports injuries, accidents, or a simple bump on the head, that occured recently or years ago, can cause head, neck or body trauma. These kinds of incidences can potentially stretch or tear ligaments, create dental imbalances and head pain.

Dental Work, Aging Materials And Wear

Aged restorative materials, poor adaptation to dental work, wisdom tooth extraction, and other dental treatments can also cause headache symptoms.  As the body ages, so does your bite. Since teeth and the components of dental restorations (both metal and composite) age at different rates, changes in your bite over time can cause improper alignment and force imbalances.

Environment and Lifestyle

Increased stress, lack of exerciseand poor diet can result in many headache pain symptoms. Poor posture and excessive sitting may also lead to headaches.

Age and Wear

If you have experienced any of the causes listed above, and have head pain, next or jaw pain, contact our office today for a painless evaluation and examination utilizing the T-Scan and BioResearch technology.

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