Have you been experiencing more frequent headaches, jaw, neck or facial pain lately?

How has your experience been wearing a mask during the pandemic? Hopefully, you have adapted to it well. Wearing masks in public is an important step to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. We need to do our part to help keep the higher risk and immune compromised people in our lives safe.

Unfortunately, it appears for some, myself included, wearing a mask comes with consequence. Have you been experiencing more frequent headaches, jaw, neck or facial pain lately? Perhaps, it is due to wearing a mask. It may not even feel intrusive, but it can restrict the movement of your jaw, or lead you to hold your jaw or neck in an unnatural position. This can result in increased muscle tension.

The muscles that are likely impacted are those which close your jaw- the masseter, temporalis and medial pterygoid. This group of muscles is already susceptible to stress, so when wearing a mask for extended periods of time the symptoms may be amplified. This could lead to a condition known as Temporomandibular Dysfunction, or TMD.

Some symptoms of TMD are:

  • headache
  • neck and shoulder pain
  • jaw pain
  • clicking or grating in the jaw joint
  • limited mouth opening
  • difficulty swallowing
  • fullness or itching in the ears
  • tinnitus

If you are experiencing pain or tension in your jaw, head or neck we can help you find relief. Call us with any questions you may have or to set up your appointment.

Dianna Martin, LMT