10 years ago I was in massage school. Everyday I went to school and received a massage for at least an hour, more if someone didn’t show up! The class was challenging but not overly so. I did spend a lot more time studying than I do now, but when you are learning Anatomy and Physiology there is a lot to memorize. But who can complain when you get a massage four times a week. Yet, with all that relaxation going on my body still took in the stress. I am sure my diet and otherwise “young” lifestyle did not help with my bodies ability to handle stress. Somewhere in the middle of the semester I began to complain of headaches. It felt like my jaw was constantly tense. There was an aching just on the inside of my ears all the way down to my teeth. I commented on this to my wise instructor and he suggested I go get Pantothenic Acid. He said to look for Vitamin B and read the label until I found Pantothenic Acid ( B5). The pain was so intense that I actually took his advice! I went directly to Wal-Greens and purchased a bottle. I began taking one a day and after about 3 weeks to a month my pain had disappeared. I have had to take it several times off and on over the years and it has worked every time. So here’s why:
Pantothenic Acid works to reduce stress levels among many things. It does this by affecting the Adrenal Cortex, which produces adrenaline, (think fight or flight.) I had found myself clinching my teeth not only during the day but at night as well. I just couldn’t relax.
I was never diagnosed with TMJ (Temporomandibular Syndrome) but I believe I had the beginnings of it. Luckily I never had to suffer like some of my clients. Not being able to chew without pain, clicking in the jaw, unable to fully open or close their mouths. – I may have had a problem not closing my mouth but I think that was entirely unrelated!
I often see clients who admit to having frequent headaches coupled with pain in their jaws. I can always hear the words of my instructor echoing in my ear. I try to pass this on to as many people as I can. It saved me a lot of sleepless nights and treacherous days.