What causes tension headaches and jaw pain?
Although headaches can be caused by a multitude of factors, tension in the head is the most common cause of tension headaches, responsible for 90% of all headaches and affecting up to 80% of the population from time to time. There are a myriad of factors that cause stress and tension such as money problems, looming deadlines, and unresolved issues at work and home. Emotional or mental stress and anxiety produce muscle contractions in the head and neck that actually create the “tension” which results in the headache and associated pain.
Jaw pain, which may be triggered by the same root causes as tension headaches, may also be produced by other conditions. No matter the causal factor, tension headaches may be exacerbated by tension in the jaw musculature, even if there are other origins. Jaw pain and headaches may occur together, independently, or one may lead to the occurrence of the other. It is all an interconnected system!
How can you relieve tension in the head, neck and jaw by stretching your jaw muscles?
A major depository of stress and a major contributor to tension throughout the head and neck region is in the jaw musculature. Humans respond to the pressure of an unpleasant or challenging situation with the pressure of a clenched or tightened jaw. This response is deep within our subconscious…like the “fight or flight” response, it just happens.
Here’s how it happens: jaw muscles tighten when an individual grinds or clenches their teeth or does things such as chew gum. The pain in the jaw created by clenching then travels to other places around the skull that can result in headaches, or, in severe cases, migraines. One may also experience toothaches, earaches and/or shoulder pain. Again, it’s all connected.
Like any other muscle in your body, stretching the jaw muscles will help release stress and tension in those muscles, which will have a cascading effect throughout the head, neck and jaw. (Think of the interconnection of the legs and back). Stretching will result in improved blood flow, improved range of motion and generally being more comfortable. This is true not only of the jaw, but all major muscle groups in our body. We’ve just never been told we should stretch our jaw muscles – until now!
How does Relēver help?
Relēver is an effective and easy-to-use handheld device that stretches your jaw muscles. Designed with a soft tip that comfortably grips over the lower front teeth, the user can apply gradual and gentle downward and sideways traction via the comfortable handle all while in control of how much pressure is applied to each stretch. Relēver can be used anytime, anywhere, and a suggested exercise routine for continual maintenance is included with the purchase of the device.Buy Now
The Research Behind Relēver
Relēver is specifically designed to target trigger points in your jaw that lead to cascading pain and tension in your head, neck and shoulders. Use the links below to read some of the research behind Relēver, and visit our testimonials page to see what healthcare professionals are saying.
- Cleveland Clinic: Your Jaw may be to Blame for Migraine Headaches
- Dr. Wayne G. Smith: Jaw Stretching
- The Journal of Craniomandibular & Sleep Practice: Sophie Kraaijenga, Lisette van der Molen, Harm van Tinteren, Frans Hilgers, Ludi Smeele
- Effectiveness of Physical Therapy in Patients with Tension-type Headache:
- Effectiveness of Manual Therapy for Chronic Tension-type Headache:
- Physiotherapy for Tension-type Headache
- A Comparison of Selected Osteopathic Treatment and Relaxation for Tension-Type Headaches
- Efficacy of Physiotherapy Including a Craniocervical Training Programme for Tension-type Headache
- Neck Flexor Muscle Fatigue in Adolescents with Headaches