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TMJ Relief With Acupuncture Treatments

Posted Nov 30 2010 9:25am

Do you or a love one suffer from TMJ or Temporomadibular Joint Disorder? Do you grind your teeth at night only to wake up in pain the next morning? Do you have pain in your jaw, face, neck and/or shoulders? If so, you may be one of many who suffer from TMJ Disorder or TMD.

What Causes Jaw Pain?

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ) are problems or symptoms of the chewing muscles and joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the area where the jaw and skull connect at a ball and socket hinge in front of the ears. This joint controls chewing and talking so it is one of the most frequently used joints in your body. TMJ can be caused by:

• Grinding or clenching teeth (often at night)
• Head or face injuries
• Displacement of disc between jawbone and socket
• Arthritis

Research Shows Acupuncture Offers TMJ Relief

Research at the Ribeirão Preto Dental School at São Paulo University in Brazil found after 3 months of acupuncture treatments that patients with TMJ experienced significant pain relief, increased strength of their bite and decreased EMG activity of the masticatory muscles.

17 patients were studied using acupuncture points for TMJ. EMG measures were acquired before and after the treatment. The data collected at rest, protrusion, left and right laterality and clenching were normalized by maximum voluntary contraction. Maximal bite force in right and left molar regions were also measured.

The researchers found decreased EMG activity at rest, protrusion, left and right laterality, and clenching; as well as increased values of maximal bite force after acupuncture treatment.

As a leading acupuncture clinic in the Minneapolis area, we use some of the most effective treatments to treat your jaw pain, eliminate headaches and associated symptoms. After an initial consultation where we diagnose your TMJ, we use a special acupuncture treatment to relax your jaw, face and neck muscles. Imagine your tension melting away while you rest comfortably.

If you need relief from TMJ problems and live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul/Twin Cities area be sure to sign up for our newsletter at TMJ Treatment Minneapolis . Or call our friendly receptionist at 612-866-4000 to set up your first acupuncture treatment for TMJ.

Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 15 Issue 12: December 15, 2009

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