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TMJ Syndrome and Jaw Pain Treatment Celina

Celina TMJ Syndrome Treatment

If you’re suffering from pain in the jaw our Celina Acupuncture Practitioner can help!  Acupuncture treatment and ART treatment are highly effective treatments for jaw pain! 

What Is The TMJ?

There is a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) on each side of your jaw that connects your jaw to your skull.  Our Celina Doctor says these joints are small, but rather complex.  There is a small disc that lies between the two bones that allows the joint to move efficiently when it’s functioning properly. The joints roll and glide to allow us to talk, chew, yawn, etc.  Pain in this area can be due to problems with the joint itself, with the disc or with the muscles that surround the joint. 

Celina Acupuncture: Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Celina TMJ and Jaw Pain Treatment

There are a number of symptoms associated with TMJ dysfunction. Pain in this area can be due to trauma, genetics or arthritic changes.  Individuals who grind their teeth or clench their jaw are also more at risk of causing dysfunction in the TMJ.  Signs and symptoms can include pain in one or both sides of the face, headaches, difficulty chewing, clicking of the jaw and locking of the joint (in either an open or closed position).

Sometimes the only symptom of trouble in the TMJ is headaches in the morning. Waking up every day with a headache may be a sign that you are unknowingly clenching or grinding your teeth at night and causing the jaw some distress.

A quick test for checking for potential problems with the TMJ is the ‘3 Finger Test’.  It’s simple.  If your jaw is healthy you should be able to fit 3 of your knuckles into your wide open mouth.  If your jaw can’t open that wide or catches and clicks on opening, it’s time to consult our Celina acupuncture practitioner!

At Home Treatment for TMJ and Jaw Pain

If you’re experiencing difficulty with opening the jaw, there is a simple at-home trick you can use to try and remedy the problem. Using a cork, you can insert it between your teeth, trying to keep the muscles relaxed, and use the cork to try and promote a wider opening. Typically the cork can be left between the teeth for 30 seconds-3 minutes. You may have to trim the cork down in the earlier stages because the jaw range may not accommodate the full cork right away. Remember, the problematic side does not necessarily have to be the painful one. Insert the cork into the side that you have noticed has a limited opening, regardless of which side the pain is on.

Celina Acupuncture Treatment for TMJ Pain.

Celina TMJ Syndrome Treatment Acupuncture and Laser Therapy

The best treatment for TMJ pain is a combination of laser therapy, manual therapy, soft tissues therapy and acupuncture.  Manual care and soft tissue therapy may consist of mobilizations, soft tissue work for the surrounding muscles and exercises.  Our acupuncture practitioner finds this combination very effective at encouraging the joints to move like they’re supposed to.

But what about the pain component?  Of course, the manual therapy will help to decrease pain, but acupuncture and laser therapy can help decrease the pain even faster!  Acupuncture and laser therapy stimulate the release of endorphins and other biological chemicals that help to alleviate pain.  It has even been suggested that a major nerve bundle that is located around the TMJ can be responsible for some of the facial pain associated with TMJ disorder. It can have its pain signals dampened by acupuncture and laser therapy.

Dr. Dillan is our acupuncture expert and has had great success in alleviating jaw pain with the use of acupuncture.

Treatment in Celina for TMJ and jaw pain

Celina TMJ Pain Laser Therapy Treatment

There are so many tools our Celina team has in their tool belt to treat jaw pain.  After a thorough assessment and determining what the specific dysfunctions are, a combination of adjustments, soft tissue work, laser therapy and acupuncture will likely be used to treat your pain. 

The muscles that we use to chew and talk can be very hardworking muscles.  There are 4 muscles that move our jaw the most and soft tissue therapy can help relieve a lot of tension in those muscles.  Holding the muscle while the mouth opens and closes helps to stretch tight muscles and reduce pain.

Did you know that headaches can also originate from the jaw?  Releasing these muscles can help get rid of headaches, facial pain and jaw pain associated with a dysfunctional jaw.

If you’re experiencing jaw pain, book a visit with our Celina acupuncture practitioner and get started on relieving your pain now! 

There are a number of exercises that you can do to help speed along the recovery process. After being assessed by Dr. Dillan, try the following exercises to help ease your jaw pain!


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