Can difficulty with singing, inability in holding a note with power and facial pain after singing be related a poor jaw alignment even if the “bite” looks great?
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David is in college majoring in singing. He had previously had braces and has nice looking bite. No one diagnosed him as a TMJ patient but he has seen many doctors for pain. They diagnosed him as over stressed, stress disorder and having allergies then gave him allergy medication. The last 3-4 years his jaw has locked many times. He also has tingling in his fingers, pressure on his back teeth, migraines and tension in his shoulders, neck and back. Pain pills do not work well. He had his wisdom teeth removed about 2 years ago and the oral surgeon told him that his jaw kept locking while he was working on him.
His main reason for coming to Dr Raman is that he was having a lot of pain and tension in his jaws when singing. As a singer it is very important to try and relax. After hours of practice each week it would become so painful for him and he would develop extreme headaches. David felt as if he was just trying to survive through it and singing was no longer a source of joy for him.
David started to think that maybe there was something mentally wrong with him because he just did not understand what was going on with his jaw. His vocal teacher noticed the extra effort that it took for him to try and relax. He then suggested that David have his jaw joints checked out by a TMJ specialist. David did further research to find a specialist and that’s when he found Dr Raman.
David initially saw Dr Raman for a consultation to determine if he had poor jaw alignment even though his bite looked good and if his symptoms were due to that misalignment. He then proceeded with a series of diagnostic tests to determine the correct jaw and neck alignment. David was then fitted with a fixed Physiologic neuromuscular orthotic for 90 days. He said that this treatment has been life changing and even his vocal teacher noticed the difference right away. He can now hit notes he could not before, has more duration and holds a note with power. David feels hopeful that he can pursue his music passion and that there isn’t something mentally wrong with him.