Posted by: lsadler | June 30, 2010

What do Headaches, TMJ and Tinnitus have in common?

A couple of days ago I wrote a post about fullness in the ears. I talk about the SCM muscle in the front of the neck. Again, it’s a ‘quiet’ muscle, meaning that the symptoms you feel don’t necessarily lead you to feeling pain in the front of your neck. The SCM muscle runs from behind the ears to the collar-bone in the front of the neck. When this muscle develops Trigger Points, from stress or trauma, it can get very tight. Some of the issues this can cause are TMJ pain, which makes sense if you think about it. The muscle attaches behind the ear in close proximity to your temporalmandibular joint. Thus, it can effect the articulation of your joint which can lead to pain at the joint and/or in your facial muscles. If you are prone to grinding your teeth at night, this can also create tightness in the SCM resulting in pain in the jaw. A tight SCM can lead to tension headaches and tinnitus, which is ringing in the ears. Tinnitus is very hard to treat and I’ve had some success treating patients that have it. Usually, my clients that have TMJ and Tinnitus have better results than those who just have Tinnitus. Most every client I have that comes in with either headaches, TMJ pain and/or Tinnitus have Trigger Points in their upper back, back of the neck and scalene muscles and the SCM muscles. I’ve had a lot of success treating people with these issues. Please check out my article on TMJ to learn more.



  1. Hi I am always fascinated by ways to treat headaches and tinnitus,as you say tinnitus is a difficult thing to treat.


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