Acupuncturist Questions TMJ

Can acupuncture help with TMJ?

I have a problem with TMJ almost every single time I eat. Can acupuncture help with this?

33 Answers

Absolutely, acupuncture will at least lessen, if not eliminate TMJ. Find an acupuncturist who is skilled in the use of Dr. Tan's Balance Method Acupuncture and find relief in the very first treatment. Mari
Yes, acupuncture can help with TMJ. I have treated TMJ many times in my practice with great success.
It is not that difficult. Because our jaw joints are closely related to the digestive system. The jaw joint is connected to the muscles that manage the digestive system such as the stomach and colon. Good digestion function, and shrinking the muscles in the face by shrinking, the jaw joint contracts and returns to its place, and the pain disappears.
Yes it can help with TMJ. I fixed my own with acupuncture.

Acupuncture is very effective for TMJ, but since it also involves neuro-muscular reeducation, it will not be a short-term treatment.
Yes, definitely
Yes, it helps very often in my experience. Obviously, nothing is guaranteed to work 100% of the time, but I have found this medicine to work very well. Don't give up if you try someone in my field and they don't help... we aren't all created equally. Make sure you start with a fully trained acupuncturist (not an MD or Chiropractor that did minimal hours of training to get a license).
Absolutely. I practice a specific technique called trigger point dry needling which is extremely effective in treating TMJ.
Hi there,

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.
TMJ can be fixed with a chiropractor better
Yes, there are several local acupuncture points and distal points that can help TMJ problem. Please check with local acupuncture clinic for help.
So sorry to learn of your problem with TMJ at every meal. In the short-term, you can avoid food that requires a lot of chewing, opting for softer foods until you can get an appointment to work on this problem. Acupuncture has been shown in several well-designed studies to be a very effective and safe treatment for TMJ.
Yes, it can. TMJ has many underlying issues and after a full history is taken, the treatment will be based on the pattern found. In addition, they may use lasers and microcurrent for additional relief.
You betcha. It's usually pretty easy to treat.
While standard acupuncture is useful to address pain and neuromuscular pathology, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) offers an array of potential therapies that make this treatment much more effective. Particular providers with proper training in medical school may combine acupuncture, trigger point needling, soft tissue mobilization (Tui na), myofascial release and neuromuscular reeducation, as well as spend the time to help instruct patients into therapeutic techniques and correction of postural mechanics used outside the clinic. In addition, if there are underlying or associated problems perpetuating and worsening the TMD, these may also be addressed in the same course of therapy.
Yes, Acupuncture helps to relieve TMJ disorder by addressing the muscular tension, calming the central nervous system and helping to restore organ imbalances.
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Yes, TMJ is also a frequent symptom that people get relief from with acupuncture. Many times, we do bilateral needling or more focusing on the affected side. We help the surrounding muscles relax as well as help with mental relaxation.
Yes, acupuncture is very effective with pain issues including TMJ syndromes. The practitioner may use local points to relieve the pain and may use some distal points to help with issues surrounding stress, tension or other emotional issues that may be related to the problem.

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.

Good luck
Good day,

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.


Yes it certainly can. The needles help to loosen the tension in the joint and relax the patient.
Yes, please find full trained acupuncturist. NCCAOM certified.
Yes. However, there are some things to consider:

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.
TMJ is one condition that acupuncture helps very easily.

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.
TMJ is complex condition to treat and, most of the time, it is associated with neck or other issues related to the head and we may observe some emotional influences as well. Acupuncture is commonly used to treat such a condition. It is definitely recommended.

Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Yes it can. It may take some time if you’ve had TMJ for a long time. 

Yes, TMJ can be treated very effectively by acupuncture.

Good luck,

Danny Khounh, LOM
It really depends on the nature of your condition. If it is structural - displacement of the jaw or disc - that will need to be addressed before acupuncture will have a lasting effect. If it is inflammation that is causing your pain then acupuncture will certainly help.
Generally, yes, we can help with the pain/discomfort related to TMJ. If you haven't already, I'd also suggest seeing a dentist/orthodontist to make sure there's nothing structurally wrong with your teeth and jaw. For the best results, make sure you're seeing an NCCAOM board certified acupuncturist.
Acupuncture treats both the physical symptoms as well as the various causes of TMJ disorders by balancing the meridians that go through the jaw and also by releasing related acupuncture points on other parts of the body. It helps relieve pain that can occur when chewing, swallowing and speaking and also relaxes the ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones involved in TMJ dysfunction.