Temporalis Muscle: Headaches, Head, Cheek, Teeth, Pain

 What pain and symptoms are associated with the temporalis?

  • Pain at the side of the head in front, above or behind the ear

    Temporalis muscle pain pattern

    Pain on the side of the head around the ear, in the eyebrow area, cheek and upper teeth can signal temporalis muscle dysfunction

  • Pain in the eyebrow area
  • Pain in the cheek
  • Pain in the in the incisor and molar teeth
  • Pain in the upper teeth when biting down
  • Teeth that are sensitive to hot, cold, temperatures

Where is the temporalis muscle?

The temporalis muscle covers the side of the head in front, above and behind the ear.

What movements does the temporalis control?

  • Closes the jaw
  • Moves the jaw to the side
  • Moves the jaw back
  • Holds the bottom of the jaw (mandible bone) in a resting position

Activities that cause temporalis pain and symptoms:

  • Excessive forward head posture
  • Excessive gum chewing
  • Clenching the jaw
  • Grinding teeth
  • Direct  trauma due to a fall or blow to the side of the head
  • Texting, reading a book, anything in which you tilt your head down for either prolonged periods or many times during the day


Interesting facts about the temporalis:

  • The temporalis muscle can send pain into the upper teeth. The teeth may be more sensitive to hot and cold than bothered by pain.
  • The temporalis muscle is heavily involved in temporal mandibular joint dysfunction

Clinical diagnoses to which the temporalis muscle symptoms may contribute:

Temporalis muscle

You use the temporalis muscle to move the jaw side to side and to close your mouth.

  • Tension Headaches
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Temporal Tendinitis
  • Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction
  • Eye strain
  • Broken Teeth


Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the temporalis:

Satellite Trigger Points: Temporalis on opposite side, Masseter on the same side, Trapezius, Sternocleidomastoid

Affected Organ System: Digestive System

For detailed anatomy information: Temporalis Anatomy

Help With Temporalis Muscle Head, Face, and Headache Pain


I have no personal experience with The Headache Reliever, however, it is highly recommended on several websites as well as a physician that I often consult.  It has gel packs that can be heated or cooled. It works well for  temporalis muscle pain because the band covers the muscle. May help relieve migraine pain and symptoms.

Self Treatment Help For Temporalis Muscle Pain

Do you know small knots and other dysfunction in the temporalis muscle can cause headaches, pain around the ears, eyes and even the upper teeth?

The Trigger Point Workbook can help you resolve muscle pain throughout your body.

If  this pain sounds familiar consider Claire Davies  The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief.  Mr. Davies explain the trigger point phenomenon and muscle pain in everyday language.  But what makes this book worth its weight in gold are the individual muscle trigger point treatments that Davies has compiled.  His diagrams and step by step instructions help you locate which muscles are contributing to your pain,  how to find the trigger point and treat it.  If you suffer with unresolved headaches and migraines I highly recommend this book. Relieving trigger points in various head and neck muscles have helped many people resolve head and neck pain issues. This book is a must-have for anyone interested in finding the cause and treating muscle pain.





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