Could acupuncture help with the pain and tension that TMJ causes. It seems
my jaw pain and the tension seem to be a vicious circle (one causing the
TMJ pain refers to the joint of the jaw located just in front of the ear
canal. Acupuncture really likes TMJ. The needles inserted near the TM joint
helps to loosen things up, but that is only a superficial symptom. The real
TCM treatment would also include treating the underlying cause, which in
many cases is a stress response as TMJ arises from tooth grinding during the
sleep period. Treat that stress with needles inserted elsewhere on the hands
and feet and the teeth grinding will go away too, thus preventing the TMJ
from returning as well as treating all of the other symptoms in you that are
induced or aggravated by stress.
This month's Ask the
Doctor question was answered by:
Al Stone, L.Ac.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicines
Santa Monica, CA.