As silly as it may sound, the song “Dem Bones” was right. Everything is connected. When one part of your body is out of alignment, your entire body is negatively affected. Your jaw is no exception, and a misaligned jaw can have a ripple effect that changes your posture and throws your entire body off balance.

A misaligned jaw affects more than just your bite. When your jaw is out of balance it has an impact on:

  • Muscles – A misaligned jaw increases muscle strain throughout your face, head, neck, and shoulders. This increased strain is responsible for a host of symptoms such as headaches, backaches, ear ringing, and vertigo.
  • Nerves – When your muscles are strained, they can pinch nerves. The nerves in your face do not operate separately from the nerves throughout your entire body. A pinched nerve in your face or jaw can lead to numbness and tingling throughout your entire  torso
  • Posture – A misaligned jaw will change the posture of your head. This, in turn, will place undue stress on your spine. This strain on your spine impacts your entire posture and can lead to serious pain, additional nerve disruption, increased muscle strain, and affect your entire body.

Depending on your individual condition, treatment for symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) may be able to bring your jaw—and your body—back into balance. It is best to treat your TMJ before posture issues become a problem, helping keep your body balanced and upright for years to come.

If you live in or around Burke, Fairfax, or Fairfax Station, Virginia, and have questions about jaw alignment or TMJ, please contact the office of neuromuscular dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban to schedule a consultation today.