Finding Relief: Acupuncture for TMJ Disorder

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide, causing pain, discomfort, and limited jaw mobility. While conventional treatments such as medication and physical therapy can provide relief for some individuals, others may seek alternative therapies to address TMJ symptoms holistically. One of the most effective treatments is Acupuncture for TMJ Disorder. As an expert in treating TMJ Disorder with acupuncture, I believe it is important to explain how acupuncture can offer relief and support for those struggling with TMJ-related issues.

It is important to first understand what TMJ Disorder is. The temporomandibular joint acts as a hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull, allowing you to open and close your mouth, chew, and speak. When this joint becomes inflamed, irritated, or misaligned, it can lead to TMJ disorder, characterized by symptoms such as:

– Jaw pain or tenderness
– Difficulty or discomfort when chewing
– Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw
– Locking of the jaw joint
– Headaches or earaches
– Facial pain or muscle stiffness

When you go to your dentist, they will normally suggest you get fitted for  a mouthguard or try botulism toxin to freeze the jaw muscles.

 

How Acupuncture Works for TMJ Disorder:

Acupuncture is a safe, effective alternative to conventional treatments. It is based on the principle of restoring balance and promoting the flow of Qi, or vital energy, throughout the body. By inserting thin needles into specific acupuncture points along the body’s meridians, acupuncture aims to address underlying imbalances and alleviate symptoms. When it comes to TMJ disorder, acupuncture can target key areas associated with jaw tension, muscle spasms, and inflammation to provide relief and support for overall jaw health. Many people have heard of dry needling or Intramuscular stimulation (IMS). This principle is focused on the musculo-skeletal system verses traditional chinese medicine which focuses on meridians or energy highways. As I explain in the video below, using a combination of both of these techniques together is even more effective than just one at a time.

Benefits of Acupuncture for TMJ Disorder:

1. Pain Relief: Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals, helping to alleviate jaw pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorder.

2. Muscle Relaxation: By targeting acupuncture points related to jaw muscles and facial tension, acupuncture can help relax tight muscles, reduce spasms, and improve jaw mobility. By doing this, there is a huge bonus which is help any sagging in the cheeks and jowls!

3. Stress Reduction: Stress and anxiety can exacerbate TMJ symptoms by causing muscle tension and jaw clenching. Acupuncture’s calming effect on the nervous system can help reduce stress levels, promoting relaxation and easing TMJ-related tension.

4. Improved Range of Motion: Acupuncture treatments can help restore proper alignment and function to the temporomandibular joint, enhancing jaw mobility and reducing restrictions in movement.

5. Holistic Approach: Unlike some conventional treatments for TMJ disorder, which focus solely on symptom management, acupuncture takes a holistic approach to health, addressing the root causes of dysfunction and promoting overall well-being.

Below is a video I created to explain how it works further. I also demonstrate jaw treatment with acupuncture and vibrational tuning forks. A must-watch!

What to Expect During Acupuncture Sessions:

During the first session, I will conduct a thorough assessment of your symptoms, medical history, and overall health to create a personalized treatment plan. High quality, thin, sterile needles will then be inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body, including those related to the jaw, face, head, and neck. I find it extremely effective to also work with vibrational tuning forks to further help stress and tension.

Many individuals find acupuncture to be a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Some patients even reporting immediate results and improvements in TMJ symptoms after just one session. However, for lasting relief, a series of treatments may be recommended, typically spaced out over several weeks or months. To read more about treatment and see some amazing testimonials from patients, click HERE.

If you are seeking an effective, relaxing, and holistic alternative to conventional treatments for TMJ disorder, acupuncture offers a gentle yet powerful approach to symptom management and overall jaw health. Check your medical benefit plan to see if acupuncture is covered.