The pain associated with Temporomandibular joint disorders can be excruciating. The joint which is also known as the ‘TMJ’ is the joint where the lower jaw bone meets the skull, and allows us to talk and chew.
When you’re having problems with it, you know it! You can often hear the popping or clicking sound that it makes when you extend your jaw muscles. There can be a throbbing pain near the ear along the side of your cheekbone which can radiate in all different directions; up towards the temples, down the neck, and across the face. It may hurt to eat and drink, talk, and sleep due to the intense pain and swelling. It can even create symptoms of ear stuffiness or sharp, shooting pains in the ear or suffer from headaches. The ability to focus on work and projects become overwhelming! Some causes may be stress which leads to grinding of the teeth, injury, and even inflammation due to arthritis.
Acupuncture can be a great source of relief to help treat the symptoms and greatly reduce the amount of pain. In a very relaxed atmosphere, the acupuncturist will insert the very miniscule needles into the area where you experience the pain. They are placed at exact strategic points which directly stimulate the nerves. There is an increase of endorphins which assists in decreasing the sensation of pain. Sometimes, acupuncture needles may be placed at other points along the body, if there is a blocked energy channel, which helps to correct the imbalance.
Acupuncture has been noted to provide fast relief from TMJ symptoms. It helps to decrease inflammation, and restores proper blood flow to the area which helps foster healing. The acupuncture session brings relief and peacefulness which helps to further reduce stress.
If you have any questions about acupuncture for TMJ, give one of our licensed acupuncturists below a call today and set up an appointment!
195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205
38A Old Sparrowbush Road, Latham, NY 12110
2244 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
585.244.1280 ext. 2