The habit of grinding, gnashing, grating, or clenching the teeth is called bruxism, and millions of adults and children are affected by this condition. I know bruxism well, providing therapy to alleviate and normalize the muscles of the jaw for my clients and with my own personal experience with it.
Bruxism can occur as a response to increased psychological stress to the body or being distorted with a chronic forward head posture. Many people may not even be aware that they have this condition because they grind their teeth at night while asleep but it also can occur during day as well.
What you don’t know about clenching and grinding your teeth
3 chief culprits of female hormone issues according to Dr. Daniel Kalish: EMOTIONAL STRESS (such as death, divorce, etc within a year or two of loss), DIETARY STRESS (sugar, excess carbs, food sensitivities, eating too much (even healthy foods)), stress from PAIN OR INFLAMMATION (hidden inflammation, chronic infections in gut, which causes them to be fat, frazzled, and tired). While we can’t always control emotional stress, and inflammation (gut issues) can occur no matter how diligent we are, there are some things we can control:
Take time to control and manage stress, control your blood sugar by eating REAL food, and listen to your body and find a practitioner that knows how to check early warning signs (symptoms) of issues that are occurring before they get out of control. Having hormone imbalance is not fun. It can cause anxiety, depression, thyroid issues, weight gain, emotional instability, inability to deal with stress, etc.
Dr. Dan Kalish and others are part of the female hormone solution event so grab your seat: http://www.thefemalehormonesolution.com/
Here is a sneak peak to Dr. Libby Weaver PhD talking about Rushing woman’s syndrome: http://www.thefemalehormonesolution.com/sneak-preview/
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It’s a sign of the times we live in. If you have ever experienced jaw pain or popping, teeth grinding, ringing ears, chronic headaches, and other issues. You may have already suspected these can be related to muscle tension and mis-alignment in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
How chronic stress is a factor:
Stress has a role on these particular muscles where fear and other intense emotions take hold. You may know it as the body/mind connection. When we experience fear, for example, a common defensive response is to instinctively clench core muscles in order to protect our most vulnerable areas, the belly and throat. When contracted so suddenly it is often difficult for muscles to relax again completely, and when they stay tense this can feed a cycle which keeps the brain in a state of stress and in turn reinforces tension in the deep hip muscles.
There is a wealth of mainstream medical research on the many physiological effects of the fight-or-flight stress response, including many studies which focus on the way stress hormones effect the brain and suggest that emotionally (and therefore hormonally) charged experiences may actually change the shape of our brains. This theory helps to explain why it can be difficult to “turn off” the physiological stress response.
Read from my practice blog for more information and the correlation with your hips and jaws The hip-jaw connection:
feel sad, anxious and overwhelmed these feeling can be brief. But when it interferes with daily life it may be a sign that your dealing with something more than feeling blue, depression with accompanying anxiety can affect your health.
- Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings
- Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
- Irritability, restlessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
- Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
- Overeating, or appetite loss
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
- Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
Massage a powerful tool to fight depression and anxiety naturally this is in addition to your other strategies for prevention.
What new research shows: A review of more than a dozen massage studies conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine concludes that massage therapy relieves depression and anxiety by affecting the body’s biochemistry.
In a series of studies including about 500 men, women, and children with depression or stress problems, researchers measured the stress hormone cortisol in participants before and immediately after massage and found that the therapy lowered levels by up to 53%. (Cortisol can drive up blood pressure and blood sugar levels and suppress the immune system.)
Massage also increased serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.
Massage a powerful tool to fight depression and anxiety naturally
CDC – Depression Treatment
Your ears, shoulders, hips, knees , and ankles should align when standing.
When sitting at the office, tilt your screen to avoid craning your neck.
It’s best to sleep on your back on a firm mattress.
Stand up straight
Stand up and look in a mirror. Check out which areas are preventing you from standing up straight. Are your shoulders slouched forward? Is your head down? Is your back bent? Straighten out whatever is slouching and observe the difference.
Your ears, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles should make one straight line. Relax your shoulders and slightly bend your knees — you don’t want to look like a robot. If you’re standing for a long period of time, make sure to continue shifting your weight every so often.
If you’re bending down to pick up something, bend your knees and hips; don’t bend down and grab the object with just your waist.
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Are your shoulders in a forward slump?