Teeth Grinding – Causes, Symptoms, Treatment
Do you clench or grind your teeth at night? Many do. Left untreated, teeth grinding may lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other issues.
Otherwise known as bruxism, teeth grinding is often related to pain or instability in the musculoskeletal system. System imbalance can lead to a constant state of musculoskeletal tension as the body attempts to adapt and compensate for misalignments and/or pain. The longer the system has been adapting to a condition of imbalance, the more complex the resulting distortions.
The following imbalances create a cascade of symptoms that may include teeth grinding, clenching and bruxism:
- Increased muscle tension in the jaw
- Loss of cervical curve; increased forward head posture and increased tension in cervical musculature
- Sub occipital tension
- TMJ/CMD symptoms
- Decreased lumbar curve and/or increased lumbosacral disc angle
- Chronically unstable SI joint
- Forward or anterior hand position in standing posture
- Pain in feet and metatarsals, poor foot mechanics and/or collapse of arches
- Muscle tension and/or spasms
The art and science of holistic chiropractic treatment is learning how to read, understand and treat the reactions and compensations of the body. All cranial therapies work off of this premise.
In our clinics, we employ Sacro-Occipital Technique (S.O.T.), a therapy that targets adjusting patterns in the body rather than individual body parts alone. S.O.T. uses a system of categories and indicators to systematically reduce the stresses, reactions and compensations and can significantly reduce or eliminate clenching and bruxism.
Holistic treatment always aims at resolving imbalance, tension and pain and returning the patient to a state of true integrative health.
Call our office today to schedule an appointment to address the root causes of your tooth-grinding or clenching.
In Health and Happiness,
Dr. Richard Gerardo
D.C., C.S.C.P., D.A.C.B.N.