Does acupuncture provide help for Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)?
TMD is defined as pain in the muscles of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and affects a lot of people. Some sources state an estimated 10 million Americans will experience symptoms of TMD at some point in their life. We often suggest acupuncture for Temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
Even though millions of people utilize acupuncture throughout the US each year for chronic pain, there are those who decry the value of acupuncture for alleviation of pain. We can tell you it works and invite you in to see for yourself.
Traditional Chinese medicine ancient theories state acupuncture works by restoring the balanced flow of Qi, or energy throughout the body, but especially where there is an issue.
Western medicine finally got on board in the 1970’s with research suggesting acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulation of the nerves, in turn changing the way the signals travel along the nerve cells.
Whether by affecting Qi or nerve endings, or something else Western science has yet to “prove”, what is more important to our clients is the evidence of relief of pain. Recently, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), stated “results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease chronic low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches.”
Measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture is only beginning to be understood. “Current evidence suggests that many factors—like expectation and belief—that are unrelated to acupuncture needling may play important roles in the beneficial effects of acupuncture on pain,” noted NCCIH.
If the end result is relief from the pain, then we recommend you visit us for a professional who is skilled at acupuncture for Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD).