Your bite and your neck how are they related?
Updated: May 28
Many patients with the diagnosis of TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction) or TMD have symptoms directly related to the head such as headache, migraine, neck pain, shoulder pain etc... with the potential of structural issues all the way down to the feet.
The image posted here illustrates the relationship between the bite (what happens when the teeth come together) and the top most vertebrae of the neck which sit right below and influence the position and posture of the head. When the bite is not exactly right the physical force of the miss-alignment has a point in the neck that will influence the alignment of the rest of the spine. The top vertebrae will compensate due to the aberrant force on the bones and the rest of the spinal column will in-turn compensate its posture to keep the head straight and aligned with the horizon. This leads to the symptoms and pain that are related to the TMJ/TMD diagnosis.
When we align the bite while working with specialized dental professionals and at the same time precisely align the upper neck and the rest of the spine the TMJ/TMD symptoms will change and improve/decrease.
Our precise method of alignment for the top-most vertebrae is Atlas Orthogonal, Cranial Manipulation for the bones of the skull and various other techniques to release the spinal segmental issues and soft tissue up and down the spine.