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

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(Last Updated On: August 10, 2018)

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

Temporalis Muscle Pain: Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain at the side of the head in front, above or behind the ear
  • Pain in the eyebrow area
  • Pain in the cheek
  • Pain in the jaw
  • 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 temple area of the skull and extends down the skull to the front and above the ear. It attaches to the lower jaw (mandible).

What movements does the temporalis control?

  • Closes the jaw
  • Moves the jaw to the side
  • Moves the jaw back to neutral position
  • 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
Temporalis Muscle Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

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

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

Temporalis Pain and Symptoms Can Be Similar To and Contribute To These Medical Diagnosis:

  • Tension Headaches
  • Migraine Headaches
  • C2 radiculopathy
  • Temporal Tendinitis
  • Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction
  • TMJ
  • Eye strain
  • Broken Teeth

TWD Suggests: Do You Find Yourself Rubbing Your Temples, Eyes, Cheek and Jaw?

The temporalis muscle can contribute to pain throughout the side of the head and the facial area. The Huggaroo Head Wrap can be positioned to cover the entire muscle and bring needed relief. It can be used warm or cold for headaches, TMJ, and eye strain.

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

Satellite trigger points associated with the temporalis muscle :

  • Temporalis on opposite side
  • Masseter on the same side
  • Trapezius
  • Sternocleidomastoid

For detailed anatomy information:  Temporalis Anatomy

Help With Temporalis Muscle Head, Jaw, Face, and Headache Pain

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

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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