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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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I had a MRI on my jaw joint for bruxism. My neck muscles hurt more then the joint. Ear ringing and sore. Will the MRI show muscle inflamation?

I had a MRI on my jaw joint for bruxism. My neck muscles hurt more then the joint. Ear ringing and sore. Will the MRI show muscle inflamation?

It can show swelling: Mri imaging in general can demonstrate soft tissue swelling better than any other imaging modality. However, other than presurgical considerations i'm not sure what the utility or necessity of an MRI of the jaw might be to simply make a diagnosis of bruxism or determine the severity of the condition. ...Read more

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Why do infants have such weak neck muscles?

Why do infants have such weak neck muscles?

Big head!: Infants have overall relatively low muscle tone and coordination because they have not used their muscles much, and their neurologic systems are still developing. Neck muscles seem especially poor in part due to the relatively large head which is out of proportion to the neck to begin with. ...Read more

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Can tense neck muscles cause fatigue?

Possibly: Tense neck muscles are a symptom of something else. It may be due to anxiety, depression or conditions of the neck or sinuses. All those conditions, if chronic, can lead to generalized fatigue. ...Read more

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How can I stretch out tight neck muscles?

How can I stretch out tight neck muscles?

Heat and Posture: Muscles in the neck most commonly tighten from either poor posture (making them work harder to support your head), or from an injury to the neck (in which your muscles tighten up to provide support to the spine). Improving your posture and ergonomics is the best way to prevent tight muscles, and warm compresses are a good modality to help muscles relax. Then do gentle range of motion exercises. ...Read more

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How to stretch tight neck muscles at home?

How to stretch tight neck muscles at home?

Torticollis: If you have torticollis, the best treatment is muscle relaxants and antiinflammatory drugs. But at home, you may starte with non steroidal antiinflammatory drug and keeping your neck warm and adding gentle massages, see if it works ( it may take a long time without muscle relaxant to have effects). ...Read more

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Help! need to know if there's a compound exercise (weightlifting of course) that stimulates the neck muscles?

Help! need to know if there's a compound exercise (weightlifting of course) that stimulates the neck muscles?

Neck muscles.: There are a few compound exercises that would stimulate the neck muscles. Upright rows. Clean and jerk. Shrugs. Keep your form strict and smooth to avoid blowing out the neck muscles, as they're rather small and weak compared to the trapezius and deltoid muscles, for example. ...Read more

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When I get just a little stressed my neck muscles contract on one side so that my head jerks to one side.wot to take to stop this?

When I get just a little stressed my neck  muscles contract on one side so that my head jerks to one side.wot to take to stop this?

Simple trick:: Place 2-3 tennis balls in a large cotton athletic sock. Move neck slowly and slightly from left to right and then up and down. Advil and Aleve (naproxen) also work if not allergic to them. ...Read more

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I keep feeling the back of my neck muscles twitch. Sometimes without the twitching my neck hurts a lot and feels tense. What could this possibly be?!

I keep feeling the back of my neck muscles twitch. Sometimes without the twitching my neck hurts a lot and feels tense. What could this possibly be?!

You need an exam: Sorry for your dilemma. Your description fits with patients that have cervical spine disease causing an injury to the nerve root. In cervical radiculopathy with nerve root involvement the muscle can spontaneously fire giving rise to fasciculations which is what you are appreciating with the twitching. I would advise that you see your primary care doctor as there is treatment available. ...Read more

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Tight upper back and neck muscles, what kind of health problems can this cause? Also, is there a specific exercise to release the tension in the areas mentioned?

Tight upper back and neck muscles, what kind of health problems can this cause? Also, is there a specific exercise to release the tension in the areas mentioned?

Massage: Try seeing a massage therapist. They would be able to help decrease the tightness and pain through manual therapy and possibly evaluate the cause of your discomfort. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Neck muscles left side aggravated and tighten up by end of day no matter what i do. Rest helps the most. Don't know what to do. Tried all including chiro massage acu doing pt again seems not much help?

Neck muscles left side aggravated and tighten up by end of day no matter what i do. Rest helps the most. Don't know what to do. Tried all including chiro massage acu doing pt again seems not much help?

Magesium: You are doing at good job at being thorough. York doc can check your magnesium level. If low, that or other minerals can cause muscle cramping. A clinical psychologist can help you learn guided imagery and breathing exercises which can be very helpful also. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How can I strenghten neck muscles?

Isometrics : A gentle means to strengthen muscles of the neck is to realize that the periodic stress of a muscle keeps it toned. As to the neck, one can use their own hands and arms to press the neck from different directions, or resist the neck as it attempts to move in different directions. Walking, with attendant head bobbing is another way. Swimming is an excellent way to tone muscles of the neck. ...Read more

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What should I do with a major pain in neck muscles?

What should I do with a major pain in neck muscles?

See below: Heat and nsaids are a good start. Try massage. If all that fails your pcp can prescribe a muscle relaxer. ...Read more

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How can I prevent myself from getting large neck muscles?

How can I prevent myself from getting large neck muscles?

Weights: Almost any upper body weight lifting activates your neck muscles.Always start with a certified trainer who can demonstrate proper technique.Lower weights and higher reps lessen the chance for muscle hypertrophy. ...Read more

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Pulled neck muscles while exercising now have pain and nausea. How do I get well from this?

Pulled neck muscles while exercising now have pain and nausea.  How do I get well from this?

Do the following: Rest on a flat surface with a thin soft pillow under you head and neck, start taking advil (ibuprofen) 600 mg - 800 mg three times per day for 3-5 days, drink plenty of fluids, have someone massage your neck and upper back with bengay or apply hot towel over your neck to increase blood circulation into the neck muscles. If not improved, call your doctor to have an exam. If this is a recurrent condition: xrays. ...Read more

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Left shoulder and neck muscles continuously hurt and can't seem to get any relief. Why is this happening to me?

Left shoulder and neck muscles continuously hurt and can't seem to get any relief. Why is this happening to me?

Time for doc eval: In a patient your age, this is often due to myofascial dysfunction- meaning strained, inflexible and restricted soft tissues in your area of pain. Often seen in young women who do a lot of reading, typing, desk & computer work. X-rays can evaluate the cervical spine and shoulder. Physical therapy, stress reduction, trigger point injections & improving posture can be helpful for myofascial pain. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between a buffalo hump and hypertonic neck muscles because protecting something?

Fat vs muscle: A buffalo hump is due to excess fat tissue above the upper spine. Fat feels completely different than muscle and should be easy to tell the difference. A buffalo hump is seen in people who are significantly overweight. It can also be associated with excess cortisol (cushings syndrome). ...Read more

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I fell form my truck & banged my head on the ground now i struggle to lift my head up & my neck muscles are protruding?

I fell form my truck & banged my head on the ground now i struggle to lift my head up & my neck muscles are protruding?

Doctor can evaluate: A doctor at the E.R. Can evaluate to see if there is a neck injury, which can be quite dangerous (a risk of spinal cord injury). In general, possible spine injury victims should be transported by ambulance on a backboard, wearing a special neck collar. Afterwards, if only a minor sprain or strain, the physiatrist or orthopedic doctor can examine and refer one to physical therapy for help. ...Read more

Grinding Teeth (Definition)

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