TMJ and migraine pain can be debilitating for many people. This pain can often stem from overly tight muscles in your head, neck and shoulders. Certain chiropractic and functional medicine techniques can treat the muscular and bone problems that can cause this pain. Join our integrative medicine specialists as they discuss the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options for this type of pain.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw (mandible) with the temporal bone of the skull. This flexible, hinging joint allows you to talk, chew and yawn. When this joint along with the muscles on the side of the head and neck are injured pain can sometimes be felt in the form of headaches, neck pain, and pain on the side of the face or head.
Migraines can often times brought on by clenching or grinding your teeth together. Treating the muscles of the jaw can help you stop your clenching and grinding habits. From the functional medicine perspective, another way to treat migraines is assessing and balancing a sufferer’s diet, nutrient and hormone levels, and gut health based on the results from blood, saliva, urine and stool samples.
Melissa Young, MD is an Integrative Medicine specialist. She completed a two-year Integrative Medicine Fellowship with the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, Tucson, studying with Dr. Andrew Weil, a pioneer in the field of Integrative Medicine. To help bridge the mental and emotional aspects of healing, she has done additional training in Mind-Body Medicine with The Chopra Center, The Center for Mind Body Medicine and the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.
Dr. Young received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York in 1995 and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City in 1998. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine. In addition to her Integrative Medicine background, she has training and experience in Functional Medicine. Dr. Young has written chapters on the Integrative Medicine Approach to the Prevention of Colon Cancer in the first and second editions of the Textbook "Integrative Medicine", by Dave Rakel, MD.
Andrew Bang, DC joined the staff of the Center for Integrative Medicine in January of 2013. Dr. Bang graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, TX. While completing his clinical internship, he lived in Bogota, Colombia for 3 months treating professional and Olympic athletes in all types of sports and was recognized as the top intern of that rotation. Before moving to Cleveland, he also had the opportunity to be one of the team Chiropractors for the Texas Wranglers (Semi-pro Basketball team).
Dr. Bang treats back and neck pain, pelvic pain, shoulder, elbow and wrist pain, hip, knee and ankle pain as well as guides patients in diet and lifestyle modification. He has advanced training in muscle work, nutritional therapy and extremity manipulation.
To make an appointment with Dr. Young, Dr. Bang or any of the other specialists in our Center for Integrative Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, please call 216.986.HEAL(4325). You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/integrativemedicine.