A TMJ headache is felt primarily around the temples, but the trigger is chewing action and how it interacts with sore and overworked cartilage. TMJ headaches are triggered by chewing. Anyone may experience occasional TMJ headaches when chewing hard foods like jerky, but frequent TMJ headaches are a sign of more serious issues.
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, and is most often discussed in relation to pain and damage surrounding the joint. Recurring TMJ headaches often get worse if not treated. The underlying causes include misalignment of the jaw, grinding of the teeth during sleep, and arthritis, though TMJ headaches may also occur after a jaw injury. Visit a specialist at AFC Chiropractic to discover the cause of your TMJ headaches.