Other common symptoms that occur due to the imbalance between bite and mandibular position include leg cramps, knee pain, sciatica, mid-back pain, and neck tension.
For a better understanding of the headaches, migraines, and TMJ disorder, you can refer to our informative guide about TMJ disorder.
To sum it up: Can a bad posture cause TMJ Disorder?
While bad posture does not directly cause a TMJ Disorder, it is a contributing factor. A bad posture can cause your head and neck to move in a forward position, which can affect your bite and temporomandibular joint, causing alignment problems and vice versa.
Due to the lack of awareness about TMJ Disorder, TMD patients are often misdiagnosed and do not receive proper treatment. Instead, when faced with patients who exhibit symptoms such as pain in the ear, feeling pressure in the ears, and ringing in the ear, all focused on one body part, the clinicians offer treatment based on the location of pain or symptoms. This often causes the patients to wander from specialist to specialist until they find a TMJ expert who’ll offer treatment for the same.
How can GNM Orthotics treat TMJ Disorder and Body Posture?
GNM, also known as Gnathic Neuromuscular Dentistry, is an advanced approach focusing on correcting TMJ pain, jaw alignment, body alignment and malocclusion to ensure optimal lower jaw and full body form and function.
The appliances used as GNM orthotics for TMJ may look like any other TMJ Splints or TMJ mouthguards. But it implements both gnathologic and neuromuscular principles. The GNM approach and orthotic design cannot be compared by merely looking at the external (visual) features as there are other factors such as its physiologic inherent components that support optimal muscle balance, TM joint harmony, occlusal harmony and many other functional features that move physical dysfunctions to physiologic quality health and shifts functional impairments to an improved quality of life.
GNM orthotics can solve issues such as TM joint derangement, crossbite, anterior open bite, facial pain, headaches, pain experienced at the back of the head, shoulder tension, restricted head rotation, restricted mouth opening, one-sided deviation of the jaw, and clicking and popping in jaw joints and sleep apnea.
Patients interested in non-invasive methods of treating TMJ can look into Myofunctional therapy. Myofunctional therapy is a non-invasive method that can help patients by strengthening orofacial and tongue muscles. This helps stabilize your jaw and TMJ. It does a great job of relieving muscle tension.