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Try Cutting Salt to Reduce Headaches

Can your diet be the cause of your headaches? People with migraines blame their headaches on many different food triggers, but research suggests that even for non-migraine sufferers, diet may be a major contributor to headaches. Studies show that headaches may be caused by salt, which is common [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Headache|Comments Off on Try Cutting Salt to Reduce Headaches

Sleep Apnea Can Contribute to Headaches, Too

With the major link between TMJ and migraines via the trigeminal nerve, it’s understandable that normally when we talk about headaches, we emphasize Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ/TMD). However, sleep apnea is also a major contributor to your headache risk, and it can lead to all common types of [...]

By |November 3rd, 2021|Headache, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Can Contribute to Headaches, Too

Is Acupressure Effective against Headaches?

If you suffer from regular headaches, you know that you don’t want to rely too heavily on pain medication. From potential addiction to rebound headaches to kidney and liver damage, there are too many negative consequences of pain medication–including over-the-counter medications–to make them your go-to solution for headaches. The good news [...]

By |September 7th, 2021|Headache|Comments Off on Is Acupressure Effective against Headaches?

5 Ways Sleep Apnea Could Be Causing Your Headaches

If you are having frequent headaches, they can be disruptive. It can be hard to work, and even harder to play when you have bad headaches. It can feel very hard to track down the cause of your headaches, too, which makes them even more frustrating. Sleep apnea [...]

By |March 1st, 2021|Headache, Migraine, Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on 5 Ways Sleep Apnea Could Be Causing Your Headaches

What Life With The Right Migraine Treatment Looks Like

If you live with daily migraines, your quality of life is likely a lot lower than you want it to be. You’ve probably tried every migraine treatment you can find and still experience frequent headaches and migraines. At TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado, we offer a headache and migraine treatment [...]

By |February 3rd, 2021|Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on What Life With The Right Migraine Treatment Looks Like

Shoveling Snow Giving You a Literal Headache? We Can Help

This year has been a relatively heavy one for snow along the Front Range. It took a while to get started, but once the sky opened up, we’ve had fairly heavy snowfalls every couple weeks. And with the traditionally snowiest months of March and April still to come, it looks like your shoveling arms are [...]

By |January 31st, 2020|Headache|Comments Off on Shoveling Snow Giving You a Literal Headache? We Can Help

Will Gatorade Really Cure a Migraine?

It's a treasured home remedy for migraines: drink Gatorade when you feel a migraine coming on, and it'll go away. However, is it really true? Can Gatorade truly cure a migraine? Mechanisms for the Gatorade Cure It's quite possible that drinking Gatorade will help you get rid of many types of headaches, [...]

By |October 29th, 2019|Headache, Home Care|Comments Off on Will Gatorade Really Cure a Migraine?

Workplace Environment Influences How Much Headaches Impact Your Work

People with chronic headaches suffer disability at work. Because of their recurring pain and related emotional strain, they often have to take time off from work. But the amount of disability people experience isn’t consistent. It varies from individual to individual, and, as a new study shows, workplace to workplace. This new [...]

By |May 17th, 2018|Headache|Comments Off on Workplace Environment Influences How Much Headaches Impact Your Work

Who Is Most Likely to Experience Medication Overuse Headaches?

One of the big problems we have in the US is our reliance on medications to treat all medical conditions. The biggest sign of this problem is, of course, our deadly opium crisis, which resulted from patients and doctors turning to opioids too often for chronic pain conditions. But a more common sign [...]

By |March 29th, 2018|Headache|Comments Off on Who Is Most Likely to Experience Medication Overuse Headaches?

New Trials Show Promise of Migraine Drugs in Development

Migraine sufferers have long struggled to find successful migraine treatments. And when they do, these treatments come with numerous potential side effects. Few migraine sufferers have found a treatment that they are happy with. But that may soon change, with the development of new migraine drugs that target a key link in the causal mechanism [...]

By |December 7th, 2017|Headache, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on New Trials Show Promise of Migraine Drugs in Development

Trigger Point Injections for Headaches, Migraines & Muscle Pain

Headaches and migraines are complex conditions with many potential causes. In order to be able to treat them properly, we have to be prepared to offer many different treatments that can target these causes and provide relief. One treatment we offer for these and other painful conditions is trigger point injections. This safe, [...]

By |September 28th, 2017|Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on Trigger Point Injections for Headaches, Migraines & Muscle Pain

Not All TMJ Symptoms Are In Your Jaw

For people suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly referred to as TMJ, there are a variety of unpleasant symptoms. Jaw pain is a common indicator of the disorder, as is the tendency to clench or grind teeth. Some people experience popping or clicking sounds when they open [...]

By |January 19th, 2017|Headache, Jaw Pain, Tinnitus, TMJ|Comments Off on Not All TMJ Symptoms Are In Your Jaw

Tusk the Facts, Ma’am: Walruses Often Develop TMJ

Temporomandibular joints are among the physical characteristics that differentiate mammals from other vertebrates. These joints—one on each side of the jaw—help connect the mandible to the skull and provide the range of motion necessary for biting, chewing and (in humans) speaking. The joints also lend their name to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), [...]

By |October 13th, 2016|BOTOX, Headache, TMJ|Comments Off on Tusk the Facts, Ma’am: Walruses Often Develop TMJ

Research Examines Pain Onset in TMJ Disorder, Fibromyalgia

Approximately 3 million Americans are thought to suffer from fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by chronic, widespread, musculoskeletal pain. Many with fibromyalgia also experience temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), which causes recurring headaches, jaw pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. Over the past decade, substantial research has focused on the relationship between [...]

By |April 28th, 2016|Headache, TMJ|Comments Off on Research Examines Pain Onset in TMJ Disorder, Fibromyalgia

The Nerve: TMJ Shares Symptoms with Rare Trigeminal Disorder

Because temporomandibular joint disorder is characterized by a number of symptoms that are common in other medical problems or health ailments, many patients suffer through multiple attempts at diagnosis before arriving at a neuromuscular dentist with experience in correctly assessing and successfully treating TMJ disorder. But as a recent Washington Post article [...]

By |March 30th, 2016|Chronic Pain, Headache, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on The Nerve: TMJ Shares Symptoms with Rare Trigeminal Disorder

Using Pot to Treat Pain

Unless you have been living under a rock you know that marijuana is now legal for medical and recreational use in four states. One of those four being our very own Colorado. A staggering 23 states and Washington, DC have legalized medical marijuana. Clearly there is something about marijuana that makes it useful as medication, [...]

By |December 30th, 2015|Chronic Pain, Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on Using Pot to Treat Pain

New Medication Claims to Prevent Migraines

Migraines have proven to be extremely tricky to treat with recent studies indicating that those suffering from migraines are increasingly dissatisfied with their treatment plan. Many doctors today are relying on drugs that can have strong negative side effects (such as opioids). As if the side effects were not bad enough, [...]

By |November 25th, 2015|Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on New Medication Claims to Prevent Migraines

Can Music Cure Hangovers?

We have all been there. As you wake up the next morning from a night out, you reach over and shut off the alarm that's ringing sounds like a million bombs going off in your ears. Last night was fun, probably a little too fun, and now you are hungover and are faced with the [...]

By |November 5th, 2015|Headache, Home Care, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Can Music Cure Hangovers?

Can Ear Piercings Alleviate Migraines?

Most migraine sufferers have tried many different treatments, often with little or no success, until they stumble on something that works. That was the case for a British woman, who recently found that her ear piercing relieved her migraines. And she’s not the only one to get these results. Could this [...]

By |October 7th, 2015|Headache, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Can Ear Piercings Alleviate Migraines?

Football Helmets Not Designed to Protect from Concussions

When football helmets were introduced, they immediately accomplished their primary goal: they all but eliminated open-head injuries from the sport. Since then, they have been considerably updated, but new research suggests that they may be inadequate to protect against the primary head injury of concern in the NFL and amateurs alike: concussions. Concussions are a [...]

By |August 27th, 2015|Headache|Comments Off on Football Helmets Not Designed to Protect from Concussions

Five Questions to Ask before Trying Home Care for TMJ

To get the best results from TMJ treatment, it’s advised that you start with the most minimally invasive treatments before moving on to more invasive and irreversible treatments. So starting with home care is a good idea most of the time. But before you try a home care routine, it’s important [...]

By |July 29th, 2015|Headache, Home Care, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Five Questions to Ask before Trying Home Care for TMJ

How the Trigeminal Nerve Links TMJ and Migraines

Many people have difficulty understanding how a jaw disorder like TMJ can be linked to severe headaches and especially migraines. After all, migraines are caused inside the head, and are linked to a wide range of triggers that don't seem to have any relationship to the jaw. But there is an [...]

By |July 1st, 2015|Headache, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on How the Trigeminal Nerve Links TMJ and Migraines

Overcoming Social Isolation Caused by Migraines

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can cause recurring tension headaches and migraines. Muscle tension from your misaligned jaw puts pressure on nerves and causes debilitating headaches. Studies have shown that recurring migraines can cause feelings of social isolation. A little advanced planning combined with seeking support from other people can help you [...]

By |May 20th, 2015|Headache|Comments Off on Overcoming Social Isolation Caused by Migraines

Migraines May Lead to Social Isolation

One of the big challenges in our lives is forging and maintaining social relationships. Time management, self-esteem, employment, and hygiene are a few factors that can make maintaining relationships easier or more difficult. Frequent migraines caused by TMJ can make this already challenging task seem insurmountable. Focusing on something as simple as a [...]

By |February 9th, 2015|Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on Migraines May Lead to Social Isolation

Is Headache Care Getting Worse?

A new study suggests that, far from improving, family doctors might be getting worse at treating routine headaches. The evidence shows that even though guidelines recommend less imaging, fewer drugs, and more counseling, the trend is going in the opposite direction, making headache care more expensive, less effective, and adding risks. Keeping Watch [...]

By |January 12th, 2015|Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on Is Headache Care Getting Worse?

Sociologist Explains Why Headache Care Is So Far Behind

Earlier this year, we noted that a Stanford doctor complained that “Headache care is 50 years behind things like diabetes and cancer.” In his mind, we just don't understand the mechanisms of headaches well enough to provide the same level of treatment for them as we do for these other disorders. But what [...]

By |December 12th, 2014|Headache|Comments Off on Sociologist Explains Why Headache Care Is So Far Behind

Is Exercise a Migraine Trigger?

Some studies have shown that regular exercise is a great way to reduce the frequency of migraines, and may be as effective as medication. However, for other people exercise serves as a regular migraine trigger. Although there is some evidence that exercise is not as potent a migraine trigger as we used to believe, there [...]

By |November 3rd, 2014|Headache|Comments Off on Is Exercise a Migraine Trigger?

Cervicogenic Headaches and TMJ Treatment

If you've been diagnosed with cervicogenic headaches (headaches caused by neck problems), the chances are very good that you also have TMJ. Although manual therapy is a good drug-free treatment for this type of headache, you can get even better results if you also have TMJ treatment. Identifying Cervicogenic [...]

By |October 9th, 2014|Headache, TMJ|Comments Off on Cervicogenic Headaches and TMJ Treatment

Is Feverfew an Effective Herbal Migraine Treatment?

With increased interest in drug alternatives for treating migraines, people are going to back to reevaluate the effectiveness of some of these options. For some, there seems to be some truth to the old wisdom. For hundreds of years, feverfew has been used in a role similar to the way we now [...]

By |September 29th, 2014|Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on Is Feverfew an Effective Herbal Migraine Treatment?

Stanford Doc: Headache Care 50 Years behind Diabetes and Cancer

This month when an expert panel of doctors in California met to consider the evidence effectiveness of new migraine treatments, Dr. Robert Cowan, director of Stanford University's Headache Clinic expressed his frustration at the state of the art in headache care: "Headache care is 50 years behind things like diabetes and cancer." The [...]

By |July 30th, 2014|Headache|Comments Off on Stanford Doc: Headache Care 50 Years behind Diabetes and Cancer

Headbanging Headaches a Serious Risk

A 50-year-old German man went to a neurologist's office for treatment of serious headaches. They had only been going on for a couple of weeks, but the man found he was disabled by them, and they seemed to be increasing in severity. It turns out the headaches were caused by a rare but [...]

By |July 23rd, 2014|Headache|Comments Off on Headbanging Headaches a Serious Risk

Think Your Job Is a Headache? Be Glad You Don’t Work on the Space Station

Recently, NASA and other space agencies were dealing with an epidemic of headaches and other performance problems among the crew of the International Space Station (ISS). They traced this epidemic to the cause of elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) levels on the station. Because of the technological challenges and resource demands of lowering CO2 [...]

By |May 15th, 2014|Headache|Comments Off on Think Your Job Is a Headache? Be Glad You Don’t Work on the Space Station

At-Home TENS Device Can Be Marketed for Migraine Headache Prevention

The FDA has decided to allow marketing of a new at-home transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device--called Cefaly--to be used for migraine headache prevention. The device was said to be useful for people who do not currently tolerate migraine prevention medications. What Is Cefaly? Cefaly is a small, portable, battery-powered prescription device [...]

By |April 3rd, 2014|Headache, Home Care, Migraine|Comments Off on At-Home TENS Device Can Be Marketed for Migraine Headache Prevention

Migraine without the Headache: “Silent” Migraines Affect 2% of Sufferers

Do you have debilitating bouts of visual symptoms, dizziness, and tingling in your limbs? These may actually be migraines, even though you don't have headaches. Although for many people, a migraine is synonymous with a very bad headache, it's actually a distinct condition that has many different effects. Without the headache, it is [...]

By |January 15th, 2014|Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on Migraine without the Headache: “Silent” Migraines Affect 2% of Sufferers

TMJ Headaches Related to Gum Chewing in Children, Teens

If you are a gum chewer who's been told that this is a bad habit and that you should stop, perhaps now you'll find the incentive to stop. Research from Tel Aviv University shows that chewing gum has been associated with chronic headaches.   Gum Chewing Associated with Headaches After a pediatrician observed that many [...]

By |December 23rd, 2013|Headache, TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ Headaches Related to Gum Chewing in Children, Teens

Codeine Can Increase Chronic Headaches and Other Pain

What do you do when the medicine your doctor is prescribing is actually causing you more pain than it is relieving? Codeine is a commonly-prescribed opioid medication that is used as a morphine alternative because it is less powerful and has a lower risk of addiction and overdose. However, researchers at the University of Adelaide [...]

By |September 23rd, 2013|Chronic Pain, Headache|Comments Off on Codeine Can Increase Chronic Headaches and Other Pain

New Approach to Headache Treatment Results in Opioid Use Reduction in ER

An emergency department in Ohio is reporting that they have been able to reduce their reliance on opioid painkillers for headache treatment by 82% both during treatment and after leaving the ER, without affecting the results patients experience. The Problem with Opioid Painkillers Accidental poisoning now takes more lives than car accidents in [...]

By |September 2nd, 2013|Headache|Comments Off on New Approach to Headache Treatment Results in Opioid Use Reduction in ER

When to Talk to a Doctor about Your Headache

Everybody gets headaches from time to time and the cause is usually very minor: a hard day at work, or slight dehydration due to drinking or exercise. Typically, you can take some over-the-counter pain medication, drink some water, and get a good night's rest without worrying about it. But sometimes a headache can [...]

By |August 19th, 2013|Headache|Comments Off on When to Talk to a Doctor about Your Headache

Are You Suffering from Migraines or Something Else?

Medical professionals estimate that nearly 37 million Americans suffer from migraines; however, numerous more endure chronic headaches which occur as a result of other physical ailments. Although migraine sufferers often have trouble attaining consistent relief, others are more fortunate. To find out if your chronic headaches actually stem from a treatable physical problem, consider the [...]

By |July 22nd, 2013|Headache, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Are You Suffering from Migraines or Something Else?

Severe Headaches Linked to Increased Stroke Risk

Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches which make it difficult for them to fulfill work obligations and other responsibilities. While many of these headaches occur without much warning, some come with telltale signs. Sadly, new research suggests that these signals may also be a sign of other serious issues that could be life [...]

By |July 15th, 2013|Headache, TMJ|Comments Off on Severe Headaches Linked to Increased Stroke Risk

Are Your TMD Headaches Making You Look Bad?

Numerous people suffer from migraines, which result in lost work time and canceled plans. Unfortunately, these people often feel as if they're unfairly judged. Recently, a team of researchers conducted a survey to see if people really held migraine sufferers in low esteem; and the results weren't very positive. A Clear Stigma Research out of [...]

By |July 8th, 2013|Headache, TMJ|Comments Off on Are Your TMD Headaches Making You Look Bad?

What’s Really Causing Your Headaches?

Millions of Americans suffer from migraines headaches, which make it difficult for them to function both socially and professionally. To minimize migraine occurrence, doctors tell patients to avoid so-called triggers, which appear to increase the risk of these debilitating headaches. Unfortunately, according to a recent study, migraine sufferers tend to have serious difficulties identifying their [...]

By |April 21st, 2013|Headache|Comments Off on What’s Really Causing Your Headaches?

Smoking Makes TMD Symptoms Worse: Study

Temporomandibular joint disorder can make life difficult by causing debilitating symptoms that interfere with just about everything. Headaches, jaw pain, chewing difficulties and other symptoms make it hard to work; they also make it nearly impossible for sufferers to enjoy everyday things most of us take for granted. By itself, TMD is [...]

By |March 20th, 2013|Headache, TMJ|Comments Off on Smoking Makes TMD Symptoms Worse: Study

Is TMJ Disorder Causing Your Migraines?

TMJ disorder affects numerous Americans, who must cope with trying symptoms, such as pain, difficulty chewing and tinnitus. Many sufferers also endure migraine headaches that may or may not be associated with their conditions. Recently, a Brazilian study looked at the potential correlation between migraines and temporomandibular joint disorder, and the results appear to indicate [...]

By |February 4th, 2013|Headache, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Is TMJ Disorder Causing Your Migraines?
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