After reading a blog post from Lisa White about clenching her teeth while lifting weights, I decided to do a quick blog post about jaw pain. Many of us clench our teeth or jaws when stressed or while working out. This causes the muscles in the jaw to clench and load the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) which can lead to dysfunction and even headaches if done chronically. We have many muscles that work together to help us open and close our jaw as well as move it side to side and even thrust it forward as well. These muscles also help us to chew our food and talk as well. Below find a cutaway picture of the jaw and the main muscles that "run the show". The jaw itself is made up of two main bones the maxilla (the upper jaw) and the mandible (the L shaped lower jaw) that come together in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ is cushioned by a small disc that's similar to the discs in your spine except that it is shaped like a backslash on your keyboard and its anchored by ligaments. This disc should allow the top of the mandible to glide gently over it without grinding or clicking, but many people that have degeneration or have injured this joint have grinding, clicking, or popping sounds emitted upon opening of the jaw.
By: Dr. Andrea Forget-Schnowske
So I'm sure you've been told at one point and time to "sit up straight" or "stop slouching". So whats the big deal? Well your health! Proper posture is fundamental to normal body function and can ease some of the stress and strain associated with prolonged sitting or standing. When you practice good posture, you've minimized the strain on your muscles and ligaments, reduced stress on your spinal cord, maximized rib movement for easier and fuller breathing, and are preventing fatigue and overuse. Wow!
"Proper" posture is NOT forced and doesn't involve you sticking your chest out. This is a big misconception and I want to clear it up.
Please welcome Dr. Andrea Forget-Schnowske
Dr. Andrea grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and always dreamed of becoming a doctor. After being involved in a car accident at the age of 4, her mother took her to a chiropractor where she experienced great relief from her condition and made a full recovery within a few months. During high school she was an avid athlete who was involved in basketball, softball, figure skating, and synchronized figure skating as well. She trained year round and eventually succumbed to a debilitating knee injury.
Due to this injury, she quit figure skating and struggled to keep up training for fast pitch softball pitching. She sought care from another chiropractor and received amazing results that allowed her to not only return to pitching but also to begin coaching younger girls in the proper techniques of fast pitch softball pitching. After working in a multidisciplinary medical office for almost two years, Dr. Andrea decided to pursue chiropractic due to the amazing and sometimes even miraculous results of his patients and her ideals of how a great doctor should teach, treat, and help patients heal.
I'm Wes Perkins. Lisa and I are close friends, and we met when we were both members at XSport Fitness. I'm also a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and am a disabled veteran with PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She asked both myself and my wife to share our stories on living with the condition, as well as how living a lifestyle of health and fitness aids me.
Wesley Perkins is 40 years old and married to a loving, and very supportive wife who educated herself on PTSD, as well as helped other women to understand their spouses who may suffer from it. He joined the Marines right out of high school from 1989 to 1992. He was also in the Illinois Army National Guard in 1998 and deployed to Iraq for 15 months from 2003 to 2004. Perkins was discharged in 2007. He and his wife Christine have two kids, Bobby, 16 and Ashley,18. He is currently service connected with PTSD, severe arthritis, as well as have been recently diagnosed, and now treated, for sleep apnea and use a CPAP machine.
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