Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) conditions affect the jaw joints and surrounding muscles causing pain or discomfort.
TMJ symptoms are usually most common in those 20 to 40 years of age and are more common in women than in men.
It is important to treat any TMJ conditions to lower the risk of worsening the condition but to also decrease pain and inflammation resulting in a better quality of everyday life.
TMJ can be very difficult to live with. The exact cause of someone’s TMJ disorder could be a wide range of sources and is oftentimes difficult to determine. Pain can be caused from a combination of factors such genetics, arthritis, jaw injury, or stress. In most cases, the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders can be relieved with acupuncture treatment and self-managed care. Surgery is typically a last resort after conservative measures have failed.
There can be many different symptoms of TMJ. They include pain or tenderness in the jaw, aching pain in or around the ear, difficulty chewing or pain while chewing, aching facial pain, lock jaw, muscle spasms in the face, the feeling of sharp electrical shocks in the jaw or ear, fatigue in the jaw from chewing or talking, neck pain, and headaches. TMJ conditions can also cause a clicking sound or grating sensation when you open your mouth, chew, or yawn. All of these symptoms can cause restlessness or loss of sleep because of the pain, or the inability to lay comfortably without the jaw being mispositioned.
At Acupuncture Wellness Services, we use a combination of modalities and techniques to regulate the flow of energy in the body to achieve outstanding results. The extensive training and experience of our practitioners enables them to successfully blend time-tested and ancient treatment protocols with modern and sophisticated therapies. One of the greatest benefits of our procedure is the ability to detect and correct energetic sensitivities to foods and the environment that might be creating symptoms in your body. Each patient is treated individually, and so the combination of techniques is determined at the time of evaluation. Our treatments integrate well with western medicine, chiropractic, massage therapy, occupational therapy, dental work and nutritional healing.
“I've had TMJ for a long time as well as tremendous stress from things in my past….Sure enough, the pain got better and better and now, it's gone! I almost can't believe it as I write this.”
- Chris K
“I was going on three years of jaw pain from TMJ when I found Acupuncture Wellness Services…. Jenn offered the only effective pain management before and after my recent surgery. I couldn’t recommend this practice enough - especially for those struggling with TMJ.”
- Theresa W