When you have Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, the inflammation within the joint on either side of your face will travel. As the inflammation spreads, it moves along the nerves and muscles in your head. The result of spreading inflammation is pain in the neck and surrounding areas.
In the human musculoskeletal system, joint and muscle movements do not take place in isolation. It’s a complicated system of various parts working together to allow smooth and purposeful movement in different parts of our body. Misalignment of the TMJ will affect other parts of the body, including the neck and back. Muscle pain, muscle weakness, and muscle tension at the jaw joint will travel to your neck, back, and even upper extremities.