TMJ acupuncture provides much-needed relief for those with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) conditions or jaw tightness, tension, clicking or locking, and is an effective preventative treatment against developing TMJ related disorders like tinnitus, damaged joints, inflammation, or chronic pain and headaches.
If your insurance provider covers acupuncture, this treatment is applicable for coverage.
+ TMJ Disorder
+ Jaw pain and tension
+ Bruxism (grinding teeth)
+ Jaw clenching
+ Jaw clicking or popping
+ Jaw Locking
+ Headaches and earaches
+ Facial spasms
+ Bell’s palsy
+ Sinus pain and congestion
+ Neck and shoulder pain
Like cosmetic acupuncture, TMJ acupuncture uses extra-thin, silicon coated needles inserted just below the skin’s surface to stimulate the body’s self-healing processes, encourage detoxification, and release blocked energy. These special needles reduce discomfort in the more sensitive facial areas and reduce potential bruising.
TMJ acupuncture is a holistic approach to decreasing and eliminating painful symptoms, and targets underlying causes of misalignment and pain such as: inflammation and swelling (TMJ conditions are easily aggravated from repetition of normal daily tasks like eating, talking, yawning, as well as bruxism and jaw clenching during sleep), stress or anxiety, system imbalances, emotional blockages, and neuromuscular tension.
As with all our acupuncture treatments, your practitioner will take a few minutes to discuss the details of your particular concerns, address potential root causes, and ensure you feel comfortable.
Your practitioner will briefly leave the room so you can lie down and get settled. Blankets will be provided to keep you covered, warm, and comfortable during your treatment, and you’ll want to either remove your top or wear something loose that allows access to your neck and shoulders if you prefer not to undress.
During the treatment, you may find that you experience more sensation in some acupuncture points, and feel nothing in others. Both are common, depending on how much tension is present in the area, but please don’t hesitate to let us know if any of the stimulated points are too intense. We want to ensure your comfort so your body can fully relax!
Note that for chronic TMJ conditions, a series of several appointments may be necessary to experience full relief of your symptoms, and, depending on both your lifestyle and severity of the issue, monthly maintenance treatments can be extremely helpful to prevent returning symptoms.
We are currently asking clients to arrive right on time for appointments. For your first appointment please ensure that you have filled out your intake form. If you can, wear comfortable clothing. Eat a light snack before your appointment or have one handy in case you feel you need nourishment afterwards.
Take time to stay present with these sensations as they carry forward into your day or evening. Depending on your level of tension going into the treatment, your face or jaw may feel sore, achy, or tender. If so, apply a warm compress to soothe the muscles.
It’s also important to stay well hydrated after a treatment. While it’s okay to carry on with your daily activities or exercise routine post-session, we recommend taking it easy. You may experience a little fatigue, and in some rare cases very mild flu-like symptoms (aching, headache) — all signs of your body’s natural healing and detoxification process.
A targeted form of acupuncture, our TMJ sessions focus mainly on acupuncture points across the jaw, neck, head, and face to address root causes of the pain, discomfort, hindered mobility, and jaw misalignment associated with this condition.
Increasing blood and energy flow to the jaw area, as well as decreasing overall stress in the body, those with acute pain can experience immediate relief, and chronic conditions can begin healing.
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