tensor veli palatini muscle
"It's often difficult to understand how such symptoms as ringing or buzzing in the ears, earaches, altered hearing, or even vertigo can be connected to a muscle-spasm problem originating with the teeth. The connection is a small muscle calle...d the tensor veli palatini.
The Tensor veli palatini has a number of functions, including involvement in the closing of the eustachian tubes. This tube connects the throat to the middle ear and keeps the air pressure in the middle ear the same as that of the outside atmosphere. Normally this happens without our knowing it, but in certain cases...this change is noticeable.
The Tensor veli palatini is supplied with nerve signals from a branch of the same nerve that supplies the external pterygoid muscle. When the Lateral pterygoids are in spasm, the Tensor veli palatini also can go into spasm because the nerve stimuli go to both muscles.
When this tiny muscle goes into spasm, it closes off the eustachian tube and produces symptoms that mimic middle-ear problems. A patient may see a physician about changes in hearing, earaches, buzzing, ringing, or dizziness. The patient may have no signs of infection or a cold, and when the problem is not resolved...allergies are often suspected."
I have copied this off a posting from another member back in 2003 - I think.
Anyways - does anyone know of ways to help 'calm' this muscle?
I think it is pretty hard to get to... its right at the back of the throat? Not 100% sure of that.
Has anybody had any success in myofascial release with this muscle. Or alternatively - what about if you worked on the lateral pterygoid, would that help this muscle.
what do you think?
any advice appreciated.