Jaw Pain, Jaw Tension and Acupuncture
Chronic jaw tension, jaw clenching and teeth grinding (also called Bruxism) can cause headaches, sleep disruption and other problems. This condition is often worse at night during sleep (called sleep bruxism). A related condition, called TMJ, generally refers to Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) that occur as a result of problems with the jaw. In this condition, the jaw joint and surrounding jaw muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw are painful and sore.
This condition is often linked to conditions of stress, however structural misalignment of the spine and neck are often a contributing factor.
Our TMJ action plan is a comprehensive program, aimed at a complete reversal of chronic symptoms by addressing the root cause.
The plan components include:
1.) Acupuncture Treatment – to re-align structural imbalances, reduce muscular tension and calm the nervous system.
2.) Dietary evaluation and modifications – to reduce inflammation and improve overall health.
3.) Self-Care Exercises – to reduce muscular tension, promote awareness of the body tension and increase the effectiveness of program overall.
4.) Supplements Recommendations – to account for any dietary deficiencies.
From an acupuncturist perspective, teeth grinding and jaw tension can be treated very effectively with acupuncture. In addition, acupuncture treatment is often combined with cupping therapy on the shoulders and upper back. In most cases, acupuncture improves bruxism and TMJ quickly. Usually results are seen in a matter of 2-6 weeks, depending on the underlying causes.
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