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Is Your COVID-19 Face Mask Causing TMJ Issues?

Since mask-wearing has never been the norm in the US, many people have experienced unexplained side effects like headaches and jaw pain from wearing masks frequently. While many speculate that wearing a mask decreases your oxygen levels (it doesn't), the actual cause of the pain is from the mask resting on the ears.

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If you have a really tight mask like an N95, you are then coupling that with the tugging up and in on your chin which causes even more compression of the jaw. Now if you're one of the lucky ones, you'll experience both jaw pain and a headache at the same time.

Tips for dealing with Jaw pain & Headaches due to wearing Masks

Aug 25, 2020 · With everyone wearing masks as of late, we have noticed that there has been a correlation between wearing masks and jaw pain and headaches. As spoken about earlier, holding your mouth open when wearing a mask can lead to muscle imbalances in the neck and jaw. These imbalances and restrictions in the neck and jaw can often lead to headaches.

Why Wearing A Mask Can Cause TMJ Symptoms - Donald R ...

Jul 30, 2020 · The trigeminal nerve (visible in the diagram above) is responsible for face and jaw sensations and influences the muscles that allow you to move your jaw. When your mask's ear loops are constantly tugging, the trigeminal nerve can become excessively excited, resulting in pain and tension in your jaw muscles.

What your Face Mask is doing to your Jaw — Performance Medicine

For all us mask wearers out there. Have you been experiencing headaches and feeling tension in your face and jaw? We have all got to work out how to use our faces differently now that we are wearing masks much of the time. At Performance Medicine, we have noticed an increase in jaw tension (even in ourselves!) in our clients from their mask ...

Mask Wearing and Jaw Pain | Apex Physical Therapy & Wellness

When we breathe through our mouth the jaw is held slightly open and this can cause tension to develop in the muscles around the jaw. 2. Talking with a mask can be difficult depending on how the mask fits. If the mask isn't fitting well around our face it can tend to slip up or down while we are talking.