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: