The word fibromyalgia comes from the Greek myos meaning "muscle", Greek algos meaning "pain", and New Latin fibro meaning "fibrous tissue". According to MediLexicon's medical dictionary, fibromyalgia is "A common syndrome of chronic widespread soft-tissue pain accompanied by weakness, fatigue, and sleep disturbances; the cause is unknown."
While the medical community has accepted that there is no cause for Fibromyalgia, I have found in my practice that faulty jaw position can be a strong contributor to the signs and symptoms of Fibromyaglia.
Patient Testimonial of Kristen, fibromyalgia patient, treated for TMJ dysfunction without drugs or surgery.
When the lower jaw is too far back as in TMJ dysfunction, the nerves and blood vessels are being compressed and irritated in the back of the TMJ socket. Chronic compression in the jaw joint "fires up" the central nervous system causing widespread muscle pain throughout the body. Repositioning the jaw allows the nervous system to heal--like rebooting a computer--which can alleviate many of the signs and symptoms of Fibromyagia.
Some of the signs and symptoms of Fibromyaglia which can also be related to TMJ dysfunction are:
Widespread pain, especially neck and shoulders
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