Alleviating pain associated with TMJ through evidence-based acupuncture techniques

TMJAn estimated 12% of the U.S. population suffers from temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) and appears to affect women more often than men.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located where your lower jaw meets your upper jaw. The joint actually functions more like a sliding hinge and gives your lower jaw the mobility to do things like chew, talk or yawn. Jaw pain, ear pain, difficulty chewing, clicking and locking of this joint are some of the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction.

What are common causes of TMJ dysfunction?

There are many known causes of TMJ disorders and some may be genetic, hormonal or environmental. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Physical injury
  • Arthritis
  • Grinding or clenching the teeth while sleeping
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Dental surgery
  • Infections

How can acupuncture help me with TMJ pain?

The skilled specialists at Messina Acupuncture use evidence-based acupuncture techniques to help muscle relaxation and reduce spasms. Acupuncture can also help minimize jaw clicking by relaxing the lateral pterygoid (chewing) muscles and reducing the force on the meniscus (padding) of the TMJ.

Needles are inserted in the area of the pain, around the ear and the jaw. Additional acupuncture points may be used around the neck and shoulders to address other roots of the condition and relieve pain.

If you or a loved one is considering acupuncture to help alleviate the pain and discomfort of TMJ dysfunction, please call 631-403-0504 and speak to one of our knowledgeable team members. We can help alleviate your jaw pain so you can focus on what matters most to you—instead of your pain.