Headaches & TMJD
Headaches and Migraines
Acupuncture is an effective treatment for many kinds of headaches and migraines. Headaches can be caused by tension, hormonal changes, environmental, dietary, or emotional triggers, and some may not know what causes them. Acupuncture is able to address many of the common triggers by increasing the circulation of blood flow, releasing neurotransmitters and hormones, blocking pain signals, reducing stress, and relaxing tight muscles, to reduce the frequency and severity, and treat the root cause of your headaches.
Oftentimes migraines are seemingly uncontrollable and random, and acupuncture is able to prevent attacks when other methods of treatment cannot. Patients can come in both during acute episodes or when they are asymptomatic, and can receive treatments in conjunction with other therapies, such as preventative medication.
Chinese Medicine can help with the following types of headaches:
- Migraines caused by hormonal, environmental, dietary, or emotional triggers
- Migraines with unknown etiologies
- Episodic or chronic tension headaches
- Cluster headaches
- Headaches associated with menses
- Headaches caused by TMJD
- Headaches of unknown etiologies
Jaw Pain and TMJD
For many people experiencing pain and dysfunction in their Temporomandibular joint and the muscles that control jaw movement, a condition commonly called “TMJ”, acupuncture can be one of the most effective drug-free treatments available.
TMJD can be caused by a combination of muscle tension, teeth grinding, anatomical problems, and injury. Sometimes, there may be a psychological component from someone clenching their jaw during a time of increased stress and emotional tension, with most people completely unaware these muscles can remain contracted for long periods of time during the day and night.
Over time TMJ can lead to not only jaw pain when chewing or opening your mouth, but also dizziness, severe headaches, earaches, and neck and shoulder pain.
Acupuncture is extremely helpful in relieving the inflammation, pain and muscle tension commonly associated with this condition.
With neurofunctional acupuncture, using electrical stimulation in combination with acupuncture, we can relieve muscle tension and spasms to decrease pain, inflammation, and swelling, releasing the jaw naturally for the joint to move freely. Acupuncture is also great at reducing neck and shoulder muscle tension, and reducing stress.