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My neck and shoulder muscles…

are ALWAYS painful

If you feel like you are constantly battling your neck, shoulder and back muscles and keep coming out on the losing end, here’s why. All those muscles work as a team. Seldom does a single muscle work without other muscles in the team joining in. When a particular muscle is overworked, it will engage additional muscles and this is known as muscle recruitment.

Strained muscles influence your posture

1. With the head centered, the spinal column is straight.
2. Muscle tension can shift the head away from the center.
3. To compensate the spine begins to buckle.
4. Postural Distortion develops as the shoulders and hips begin to tip.

Neck Shoulder Pain | All Smile DentalThe muscles of the head and neck all work together in turning the head, chewing, talking and breathing. When a specific muscle is over-used, it will influence the muscles that hold up your head and the ones that support your shoulders and back. The recruitment of other muscles ends in unbalance, which results in pain.

The bones in the neck, especially the atlas and axis, work closely with the muscles that control chewing, talking, biting, breathing and head posture. Sore, tight, constricted muscles in your jaw will tilt the head and shoulders causing over-compensation of the neck, shoulder and back muscles. If your bite is off-center, it needs to be re-aligned or else the problems will only get worse over time.

All Smiles Dental and Dr. Tim Stirneman can provide treatment optionsfor you. Contact them today to find out more about treatments and what is best for you.

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Dr. Tim Stirneman

Dr. Tim | All Smiles DentalWhere you see a problem, we see an opportunity. An opportunity to make your life better, whether through a cleaning or a complete mouth restoration. Whatever your reason for seeing a dentist, we hope in the end you see us as more than a dentist. We want to build a relationship that lasts a lifetime.