The World Health Organization says the main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, dry cough, aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, and diarrhea.
While shoulder and neck pain do come under the category of aches and pains, they are not typically associated with COVID-19. Whether you have the virus or not, we are all under a great deal of stress from this pandemic and the resulting stress from isolation, inability to work, and financial concerns.
Stress Can Cause Pain
One of the most common reactions to excess stress is clenching and grinding of the teeth, also known as bruxism. What many people do not realize is that bruxism (the clenching of muscles in the jaw) can trigger a reflex or balancing contraction in the shoulder and neck muscles. This can happen at any time during the day, but the most frequent occurrence is during the night. This is when people tend to clench and grind their teeth the most. If you wake up in the morning with shoulder and neck pain, it may not be the way you slept or your pillow, but frequently is a response or reflex contraction related to clenching and grinding.
How to Avoid Pain Related to Bruxism
One of the best ways to avoid this problem is to wear an appliance at night to help prevent the jaw muscles from over contracting which leads to jaw pain, shoulder, and neck pain, and other problems. There are many devices available to help with this problem, and the dentist usually makes the best ones. However, these can cost hundreds of dollars, and many dentists are currently unable to practice during this period of shut down.
GrindReliefN Can Help
As a practicing dentist that has treated many people with this problem, and as a person who also suffers from this problem, the best advice I have seen over-the-counter is GrindReliefN. Smaller and more comfortable to wear, it provides professional quality and performance at an OTC price.
Unlike any other device, it has a central bar, which, when the patient clenches, puts pressure on the upper and lower midline, reducing muscle activity by 60% or more. This device can not only protect your teeth, but it can also help you avoid shoulder, neck, and head pain related to the stress we are experiencing in these extraordinary times. Our website lets you see a better explanation of how and why this device works.
These are stressful times and, if the stress is causing you to grind your teeth, GrindReliefN is an affordable and efficient solution. GrindReliefN is simply the best mouth guard for clenching and grinding your teeth. Contact us to learn more or order one now to try for yourself.