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Doctor insights on: Are Neck Muscles Involved When Someone Has Bruxism

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Are neck muscles involved when someone has bruxism?

Are neck muscles involved when someone has bruxism?

Probably not: Although the neck muscles can be involved in temporo-mandibular disorder (tmd), the muscles that are involved in bruxism are in the face and consist of the masseter, temporalis, and internal pterygoid muscles. These are the closers of the jaw and are directly involved in grinding of the teeth. Treatment is usually a mouth guard at night made by your dentist. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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If upper leg muscles are deconditioned, are they constantly weak or is there intermittent weakness when using them?

If upper leg muscles are deconditioned, are they constantly weak or is there intermittent weakness when using them?

Weak and fatigable: Deconditioning typically appears as a loss of total strength (overt weakness) superimposed upon loss of stamina (rapid fatigue and exercise intolerance), both of which will slowly recover with time and a regimented therapy program. A rapid fluctuation in strength may be a sign of a superimposed neuromuscular problem. ...Read more

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Why might someone get severe neck pain when their shoulders are massaged?

Why might someone get severe neck pain when their shoulders are massaged?

Muscle spasm: As to why massage arouses "severe neck pain", many people are unaware of their chronically spastic superior trapezium muscles, major muscles involved in maintaining upright posture, support of the head, while at the same time elevating the shoulders. Squeezing a spastic superior trapezius in the shoulder region can arouse exquisite pain that is experienced in the neck region. ...Read more

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What parts of the tricep are worked as supporting muscles when you do shoulder presses?

What parts of the tricep are worked as supporting muscles when you do shoulder presses?

Long and lateral: Heads for reclined shoulder press. http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/DeltoidAnterior/LVReclinedShoulderPress.html Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Hi there what would cause your body have muscle aches and joint pain feels like muscles aren't repairing from gym the traps and neck shoulder sore?

Hi there what would cause your body have muscle aches and joint pain feels like muscles aren't repairing from gym the traps and neck shoulder sore?

Overtraining : 41 year old gentleman with aches and pains from gym. Allow yourself done time to heal from the gym and step back from the intensity until you find a comfortable range your body can handle. Exertional rhabdomyolysis is a serious condition caused by over exertion. Myalgias can also be caused by acute inflammatory disorders, medications, myosotis , and other maladies. Please see your MD for full exam ...Read more

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Can you pull muscle in upper arm/shoulder/back by sneezing into elbow I have some violent sneezes at times & feel pain in those areas.

Can you pull muscle in upper arm/shoulder/back by sneezing into elbow I have some violent sneezes at times & feel pain in those areas.

Sneezing: It can definitely happen. The best treatment I have found is Ibuprofen and rest. It may take a few days to get better. Feel better. ...Read more

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Can trauma to the neck, probably throat from blunt-force injury causes problems years later? Neck has always been sensitive around larynx.

Can trauma to the neck, probably throat from blunt-force injury causes problems years later? Neck has always been sensitive around larynx.

Possible: this is certainly possible, it it is a big concern for you, I would see a ear nose and throat specialist ...Read more

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My nerves have been twitching my muscles can it be caused from alotstress? They are not painful but very annoying. (Upper arm, below jaw, lower leg.)

My nerves have been twitching my muscles can it be caused from alotstress? They are not painful but very annoying. (Upper arm, below jaw, lower leg.)

Twtiches: Please start by seeing your doc to rule out/identify any underlying medical condition. Magnesium supplements are sometimes used to help w/twitches. Jigsaw brand magnesium is a respected brand but there are others. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Bilateral neck pain when anxious or slept in bad posture. Especially depression amplifies it. What causes such thing? Male, 31

Bilateral neck pain when anxious or slept in bad posture. Especially depression amplifies it. What causes such thing? Male, 31

That's a complex ?: So I'll try to simplify. Muscle tension is the result of feeling uptight. When you sleep, you may position yourself in an awkward way. If you are depressed, you may sleep more often, or less often than usual, so you way position yourself in ways that you don't when you are feeling good. Depression also increases sensitivity to pain at the level of the brain. Some medical issues worsen these thing ...Read more

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My sternocleidomastoid as well as scalene and other neck musclesstays flexed for 2-3 seconds after I relax the muscles. Also I begin to feel a twitch in my lower lip upon relase of flexing the muscles. Is this a sign of muscular disease?

My sternocleidomastoid as well as scalene and other neck musclesstays flexed for 2-3 seconds after I relax the muscles. Also I begin to feel a twitch in my lower lip upon relase of flexing the muscles. Is this a sign of muscular disease?

Dystonia? stress? : 2 possibilities come to mind quickly. 1 is mechanically induced muscle spasm which could be postural and/or due to skeletal abnormalities. 2 dystonia (regional) in which mechanisms in the nervous system mis-program muscle relaxation and contraction. This requires neurological assessment. ...Read more

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Untreated Dental infection 2 years. Some lateral muscles of left-side in hands/legs has become stiff after dental operation. No stiff neck. Evaluate?

Untreated Dental infection 2 years. Some lateral muscles of left-side in hands/legs has become stiff after dental operation. No stiff neck. Evaluate?

Absolutely: Dental infection is a major predisposing factor in the formation of brain abscess, and there are other neurological possibilities. You need to be seen and thoroughly assessed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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pain in one side of jaw, can't fully bite down, having trouble chewing and it feels like teeth aren't lined up. TMJ? Tx?

pain in one side of jaw, can't fully bite down, having trouble chewing and it feels like teeth aren't lined up. TMJ? Tx?

Displaced disc?: The jaw joints have a disc that normally sits o the top of the condyle. It moves with the jaw. When the joint becomes damaged, it can move independently, and may slide partly out of position, If it is unable to move back where it belongs, when you try to close your teeth, it is in the way. So the teeth cannot touch, but you put pressure on the disc. That explains law pain and teeth being apart ...Read more

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Pressure in face and head when chewing tough meat. Have TMJ symptoms, bonding done, afraid of breaking teeth when chewing together. Class 1 maloclussi?

Pressure in face and head when chewing tough meat. Have TMJ symptoms, bonding done, afraid of breaking teeth when chewing together. Class 1 maloclussi?

TMJ: Tmj is a structural problem of the jaw joint and thus requires a structural solution. Your bite and your jaw are not in harmony so the muscles try to help splint the joint creating the pain and muscle fatigue on chewing hard meat. Medications you are taking are hard on liver and kidneys and don't address the structural problem. Get a DX and some treatment by TMJ trained dentist. ...Read more

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Was this inappropriate behavior for dentist to shove my head to the side when neck muscles contracted during long procedure?

Was this inappropriate behavior for dentist to shove my head to the side when neck muscles contracted during long procedure?

WOW: So from your perspective a shove and possibly from your dentist's perspective - just repositioning your head. Communication is the key - hopefully you did or in the future you will communicate to your dentist when your muscles are sore, cramping and you need to stretch/massage them. If the dentist was truly rough - talk to them or switch dentists. ...Read more

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Can stress induced clenching of the teeth and strained jaw muscles cause swollen neck glands?

Can stress induced clenching of the teeth and strained jaw muscles cause swollen neck glands?

Stress and health: It depends. Stress can greatly affect all parts of your body. Have you had any other symptoms like fever or sinus/allergy problems that could also describe your swollen glands. ...Read more

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Hi can being tense, stressed and anxious cause multiple irritated / pinched nerves in neck? To an extent where fingers and head tingle randomly?

Hi can being tense, stressed and anxious cause multiple irritated / pinched nerves in neck? To an extent where fingers and head tingle randomly?

No, but it can make : You feel that way with muscular symptoms about the neck and tingling sensation about the head and neck as well as into the arms/hands. ...Read more

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Grinding Teeth (Definition)

Just like it sounds, it means you ...Read more