Acupuncture is very effective for TMJ, but since it also involves neuro-muscular reeducation, it will not be a short-term treatment.
Have you seen your dentist and/or your doctor? First, get some X-rays and see what your dentist and doctor have to say. If it is something that your dentist or doctor can help, then it will solve your problem. Although acupuncture is known for treating pain, it's all dependent on different cases. Certainly you can go try acupuncture and see if it helps.
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It may take a few treatments, but you should get at least some relief during the first session. Find a licensed practitioner in your area that you feel comfortable working with.
I have treated TMJ successfully with acupuncture as combined with myofascial techniques for relaxing the jaw. It is worth a try. There are physical therapists who specialize in TMJ and I would highly recommend this for long-term correction.
1. Is the TMJ from an injury (is there structural damage to the jaw)?
*If so, then pain management and addressing associated muscle tension is the expected outcome, but the acupuncture isn't going to cure a misaligned or broken jaw.
2. Is this the result of muscle tension from stress (clenching jaw)?
*If so then acupuncture would likely be very helpful in both addressing the TMJ and the stress as well as any associated headaches or other pain. Stress management techniques will be important as well.
3 Is this the result of grinding the teeth?
*If so, then acupuncture will likely help; however, the teeth grinding will need to be managed as well.
Thank you for your question. Acupuncture can be very helpful not only to relieve the physical tension from TMJ, but also the internal stress which often is the root and/or and exasperating side effects. You should allow for at least 3 closely timed sessions at first, and plan to continue as necessary to prolong good results.
Ultimately, however, you do want to address the internal or external root causing the TMJ. For example, if stress, it is best to determine why and work on creating releases and/or boundaries for oneself in relation to that stress.
Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Yes, TMJ can be treated very effectively by acupuncture.
Danny Khounh, LOM