Get TMJ Relief with Acupuncture!
What Causes Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder?
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) symptoms can be the result of an injury to the joint, improper alignment of the jaw and teeth, overuse due to excessive or vigorous chewing, or the action of orthodontics. Habitual clenching or grinding of the teeth, especially while sleeping, can cause or aggravate symptoms. Besides pain and difficulty chewing, jaw symptoms can include decreased range of motion, locking, popping, clicking, or sudden misalignment of the teeth. TMJ can lead to pain that radiates to the face, head, neck, and shoulders. Some chronic sufferers experience headaches, dizziness, earaches, and even difficulty hearing.
Effective treatment of TMJ disorder can be difficult, because the condition is related to a variety of other issues, including dental problems, mental stress, and neuromuscular disorders. Fortunately for those suffering from TMJ syndrome, Acupuncture offers one of the most effective treatments available, and is able to address all of these aspects.
How does Acupuncture Help?
Acupuncture can target the root cause of the condition by balancing the mind and body and helping to reset the neuromuscular tension in the jaw. Acupuncture not only relaxes the targeted muscles in the jaw, it decreases the overall stress level in the body.
A recent British study of 70 cases of dental patients receiving acupuncture for TMJ indicated that 85% of patients benefited with an average reduction in pain intensity of 75%. A 2008 study reported high long-term patient satisfaction and improvement of symptoms 18 to 20 years following acupuncture and/or interocclusal appliance (bite plate or splint) therapy.
At AcuCare in Vancouver, we have had a 100% success rate in treating TMJ patients. Within 3-5 sessions, the majority of patients experience significant relief.
“I’ve had severe TMJ pain for the past 8 years. I visited chiropractors, RMTs, and orthodontists, but nothing seemed to work. After only 2 visits to Julie, I experience immediate relief! My headaches, neck aches, and jaw stiffness were gone. I finally have my life back!”