I received so many good comments and questions about the last information posted regarding TMJ and the neck! I wanted to share another image that may help explain the connection between the bite and the neck and the rest of the spinal alignment.
The figure on the left with the green shows optimal balance between the head and the shoulders and spine. Dead Center! As the head is held forward due to many things, “Text Neck” constant computer usage, an unknown need for a different eyeglass prescription while using a computer, neck pain from a car accident or as mentioned earlier this week, an imbalanced bite (called a mal-occlusion in the dental world). All of these things will cause compensation in the neck to keep the head and eyes straight with the horizon and the airway open so you can breathe.
The structural adaptations happen in the background or automatically without thought. Before you know it, the normal neck curve is lost or reversed and the head is carried forward putting structural stress on the neck and muscles of the neck and shoulder and mid back. This results in further changes to the bite and increased TMJ/TMD complaints.
As I mentioned before, the way we handle this issue is to align the top-most vertebrae via a technique called Atlas Orthogonal, with 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. We also work alongside specialized dental professionals to ensure the bite is optimal for a person's spinal posture.
dental professionals to ensure the bite is optimal for a person’s spinal posture.