Now that we’re officially in the fall, many people across the country are bracing themselves for the unfortunate reality of more headaches. There are many causes of cold weather headaches, but TMJ treatment can help reduce them.
Migraines Increase with Changing Season
Migraine headaches can be triggered by many factors. About half of all migraine sufferers report their headaches can be triggered by changing weather patterns. The most common trigger for headaches is changing barometric pressure, which is just the scientific name for air pressure. As weather fronts move through with warmer or colder air, the barometric pressure changes, which can cause tissues to expand or contract, triggering migraines.
The fall and spring are worse for this because the temperature and therefore barometric pressure, tends to fluctuate more often than in the summer or winter.
Sinus Headaches Can Rise with Fall
In the winter, people are more likely to get colds, flu, and other illnesses. These can lead to swollen tissues and additional mucous that can clog your sinuses, putting them under pressure, which can lead to sinus headaches. And sinus headaches can then trigger migraine headaches.
Another potential source of sinus headaches is allergies. According to the Allergy and Asthma Federation of America (AAFA), Columbia, SC is the 33rd worst city in the US for fall allergies.
Cold Weather Leads to Muscle Tension
In addition to migraines, cold weather can lead to more muscle tension, which can worsen tension and other headaches caused by TMJ. In cold weather, your muscles get less blood supply, which can cause them to tense up, especially when they get hit by a blast of cold air. Shivering is the body’s heating strategy, but it can result in additional muscle tension.
TMJ Treatment Can Reduce Headaches
If you are tired of the seasonal increases in your headaches, we can help. A neuromuscular dentist can help put your jaw in proper balance so that you’re less susceptible to muscle tension headaches and migraines they cause.
To start your TMJ treatment in Columbia, SC, please contact Smile Columbia Dentistry today.