A New Way to Headache Relief

by | Dec 6, 2017 | Bite Guard, Bite Splint, Headaches, TMJ pain | 0 comments

Can we talk about your headaches? Do you wake you with one, or are they just nagging? Do you accept them as part of life, your new normal? Ok, then I’m going to blow your mind.

Girl with a painful head on a white background

Do you know that the cause of over 95% of all headaches is a form of muscle spasm? If you stop the spasm you’ll stop the pain. Dr Bloom stops the spasm. Ever wonder why Botox works? Botox paralyzes the muscles that cause the muscles to spasm. If you clench and grind your teeth you’re working the temporalis muscles, and if you keep doing it the muscles will ache—bingo you’ve got a headache. So Botox treats the symptom, Dr Bloom prefers to treat the cause.

Meet Samantha—a young professional plagued daily with headaches. Her story, she can’t function with the chronic headaches so she relies pain meds that make her groggy and bloated. In ten minutes, David tells her that she clenches and grinds her teeth and by getting this under control he can cure her headaches though bite split therapy.

Samantha is now headache FREE, off of nasty meds, and swears she’s waking more rested now that she sleeps with one of our custom made bite splints. We see patients like Samantha every day (at their wits end from chronic pain), fed up with the medical model pushing their rigorous work-ups, and debilitating medications that fail to address the underlying issue. What’s less understood is that when you clench and grind your teeth you’re firing certain muscles that the headache. As with any health matter, we can’t always guarantee this type of success (a small percentage of headaches are not muscle-related), however by sharing stories like Sam’s  we hope to spread the word that a specially trained dentist (Dr Bloom) can treat your chronic headaches so you can move on with your life!