The jaw joint, also known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located on either side of the face directly in front of the ear. It connects your lower jaw to your skull and it allows your jaw to open and close to facilitate activities such as eating and speaking.
Is your jaw stiff and sore when you wake up? Do you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth? Does your jaw pop, click, catch, grate, or lock when you open your mouth? These are all signs of TMJ dysfunction. TMJ pain can be caused by a number of factors such as muscle tension, teeth grinding, stress, or injury. Repetitive movements, such as chewing, yawning, and speaking can eventually lead to issues in the surrounding areas, such as neck tension, headaches, ear pain, swelling, and dizziness. Typical Western medical treatment involves some combination of painkillers and muscle relaxants, wearing a bite guard at night, steroid injections - most of which are band aid fixes and fail to address the underlying cause. But did you know that Acupuncture is highly effective at treating TMJ disorders?
Acupuncture can tackle the cause of dysfunction and pain from a few different angles. We address the root of the problem, such as stress, anxiety, or systemic imbalances, while directly working on the muscles surrounding the jaw that may be tense or pulling your jaw out of place. Other Chinese Medicine techniques, such as gua sha, cupping, and shiatsu can be incorporated into the treatment to ensure lasting effects. Patients often feel a change in their jaw after just one treatment, but see even greater results after 3-6 sessions followed by the occasional tune-up.
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