How Acupuncture works for TMJ

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) can be treated with acupuncture. TMJ can be caused by many conditions including injuries to the head, neck or jaw as well as by stress. Acupuncture helps battle TMJ by reducing stress and boosting the body's natural painkillers, endorphins. It may also assist by increasing circulation to the affected areas, promoting healing and a reduction in swelling.

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“I came to the Turning Point Center because of injuries I sustained in a car accident. Since the accident, every activity I participated in caused more pain. I even had trouble with my basic daily routines without getting a flare-up in my TMJ and neck pain. I have been to massage therapists and chiropractors and tried diligently to get rid of pain for nearly a year before finally being referred to Tom Williams for acupuncture. After my first treatment I was able to see some improvements, and with time, I have slowly progressed to actually having times without pain. Now, I have reduced my pain and continue to see improvements after each acupuncture visit. Thank You Turning Point Center!”

-Holly Gardner, UO Student, Eugene, OR

CASE Studies

The use of acupuncture in the treatment of temporomandibular dysfunction–an audit.

The short-term effects of acupuncture on myofascial pain patients after clenching.