Alleviating pain associated with TMJ disorders with evidence-based acupuncture techniques
What Is TMJ?
TMJ is an acronym standing for temporomandibular joint. This joint is located on both sides of your head, directly in front of and under your ears. The joint is vital for opening and closing your jaw while eating food and speaking. Dysfunction of the TMJ is called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
An estimated 33% of the U.S. population has at least 1 TMD symptom. TMD includes a variety of symptoms such as:
- Jaw pain
- Pain while eating and difficulty chewing
- Headaches and migraines
- Ear pain (when infection is ruled out)
- Physical trauma
- Post dental surgery
- Emotional stress
- Muscle tension
- Bruxism (daytime and nighttime jaw clenching / teeth grinding)
Acupuncture is a powerful tool used to relieve muscle spasms and restrictions. These restrictions…
Pressing these points with longstanding pressure can help relieve muscle tension…
This technique is especially effective for decreasing pain associated with muscle tightness.