Why acupuncture is effective for Jaw Pain Relief?
TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint Pain) may result from muscle overload from trauma or repetitive activities that cause abnormal stress on specific muscle groups. Clinically, patients complain of tenderness, headaches, restricted movement of the jaws, muscle stiffness, and weakness.
-Acupuncture directly stimulates the release of endorphins and neurotransmitters. These are naturally occurring substances that help dampen and block pain perception by the brain.
- Research has determined the recommended acupuncture points, frequency (weekly), and duration (30 minutes per session) of acupuncture treatment for TMJ-related problems has been documented to help muscle relaxation and reduce muscle spasms, if the spasms are muscular in origin. Acupuncture can also help minimize TMJ “clicking” by relaxing the lateral pterygoid muscles, and therby reducing the anterior displacing force on the meniscus.
- Acupuncture relieves muscle spasms and decreases pain and swelling, releasing the jaw naturally for the joint to move freely. Additional points help flush toxins, boost immunity, calm the mind and balance the other systems within the body such as digestion and sleep all in one treatment.
- Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is clinically characterized by pain in the masticatory muscles of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).