Connecting Chronic Headaches and Migraines to Your Jaw
You have 12 cranial nerves that connect to the back of your brain. One of these nerves, the trigeminal, runs from the back of your brain and right through your jaw joint. This nerve is responsible for the feeling in your face and head. When your jaw is misaligned, it can cause significant issues for this nerve, such as pinching and eventual nerve damage. You feel this as a headache.
If your jaw is truly misaligned, your headaches will be chronic. You might feel that it’s due to stress, which could contribute, but more likely, it’s because your joint is pinching the trigeminal nerve.
Scientists, doctors, and researchers are still trying to figure out migraine headaches. They’re different than other headaches because rather than pain from swelling nerves, migraines are a neurological phenomenon that doesn’t have a clear cause. However, we know that migraines have triggers such as allergens and food. Migraines can also be triggered by stress and other pain. Many patients with a jaw misalignment suffer chronic migraine headaches that cease when their jaw is realigned.