Tinnitus can be site-specific, meaning it is caused by specific problems in your body and can be easier to treat. For example, if you grind your teeth and have tinnitus, it is likely that you have TMJ caused tinnitus, which can be solved by addressing your TMJ problem. Some examples mentioned in the book “Diminish Tinnitus” that could cause tinnitus are:
– TMJ Syndrome: TMJ syndrome is a medical condition with differing opinions among medical practitioners. If you experience tinnitus along with facial pain, pain in the jaws, clicking or popping of the jaws, teeth grinding, or swelling, it is recommended that you see your dentist as TMJ syndrome may be the cause. Your dentist can help correct any behaviors or bite patterns causing TMJ syndrome, and surgery is rarely necessary nowadays.
– Behaviors connected to TMJ syndrome that you should stop: Nail biting, gum chewing.
If TMJ syndrome is causing your tinnitus, curing the syndrome will significantly reduce or completely cure your tinnitus symptoms. If other symptoms persist, the book discusses other aspects to help diminish tinnitus. TMJ syndrome should be addressed regardless of tinnitus.
– Head and Neck Tension/Injuries: If you have tinnitus, consider checking your lifestyle and regular activities. Long periods of work with your neck under uneven load or stress can cause tinnitus. For example, holding the telephone between your face and shoulder for extended periods can be detrimental. It is important to use a headset instead of straining your neck. This not only causes tinnitus but can also lead to neck injuries like cervical spondylosis or nerve pain twinges.
If you suspect a neck injury or asymmetry, seek professional help before it worsens. An osteopath specializes in the musculoskeletal system and can provide an examination and necessary scans. Based on the results, they can create a treatment plan, likely involving physiotherapy. It’s essential to note that if you only have a neck injury without any asymmetry, an osteopath may not be able to help since there are no underlying skeletal or muscular abnormalities.
While regular shoulder and neck massages can help with neck tension, it is crucial to address the underlying cause, which is typically stress and tension.