Relief of TMJ Facial Jaw Pain and Headaches with Acupuncture
What is TMJ?
TMJ refers to Temporal Mandibular Joint (disorder). TMJ usually refers to pain in the jawbone, mandibular joint of the jaw, facial pain and headache.
Causes of TMJ?
TMJ sufferers may have an abnormal jaw hinge which allows the jaw to open too wide. Once this happens it may be difficult to close the jaw again. Temporary pain may come and go in the jaw area. Dental work may worsen symptoms, as patient may open the mouth too wide.
Issue within the Jaw joint (or abnormal disc within)
Dental work (opening jaw too wide)
Bruxism (grinding or clenching teeth)
Over-use (chewing gum)
Stress (causing clenched teeth-day or night)
Issue with both Muscle and Joint issue
What is TMD?
The wear and tear on the upper and lower jaw joints can lead to Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorders (TMD). TMD is simply a more precise term for “TMJ.”
TMJ and TMD are considered the same thing.
Symptoms of TMJ
Pain worse when you first wake up
Clicking or “Pop” noise with opening mouth
Mouth becomes “stuck” in open position
Pain with chewing
Pain at Rest or while using Jaw
Facial muscle pain (myofascial)
Pain in temples
Pain above ears
Accompanying Symptoms may include…
- Intermittent Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus)
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- Shoulder muscle tension pain
- Joint pain
Dental Pain and Acupuncture
- Acupuncture works well to treat headache pain due to Post-op Dental Care
- Acupuncture helps relax facial muscles to reduce muscle tension in the jaw
Acupuncture helps resolve jaw pain due to clenching from Anxiety in Anoka.
Often Anxiety and TMJ headache and jaw pain will go together. As stress builds up, Anxiety increases and TMJ pain follows. Acupuncture in Anoka treats Anxiety.
TMJ Trigger Points
Is your pain due to TMJ? TMJ pain can be felt in key places on the face and head. Acupuncture treats these trigger points and acupuncture points to reduce TMJ pain. These are the most commonly reported TMJ pain areas:
- Jaw (where upper and lower meet)
- Above the ear
Other Reasons for Pain of Jaw, Face and Head
- Mouth guard (at night) may help avoid Bruxism
- Meditate Daily
- Get Acupuncture from a Licensed Acupuncturist
- Stay Hydrated!
- Try adding Magnesium supplement
- Rest tongue on roof of mouth
- Deep breathing daily
In order to reduce muscle tension in the head and facial muscles, meditate each day (focus on releasing muscle tension).
- Chewing gum!
- Caffeine (if this is a trigger for you)
- Refined sugar (may dehydrate/ cause headache)
Acupuncture treats facial pain, jaw pain, joint pain and arthritis, muscle tension pain, sinus pressure pain and headaches, TMJ pain, tinnitus (Ringing or Whooshing sound in ears) and neck pain in Anoka.
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Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc
Aleesha Ackerman, LAc specializes in treating headaches due to many causes. She also treats back pain, anxiety and many hormonal imbalance issues and goes over food therapy and lifestyle with her patients.
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