How to self-care TMJ using acupuncture point?
Updated: Jan 25
What is TMJ?
TMJ, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction,
is an issue with the connective joint of the
jawbone and skull. It can cause problems with
jaw mobility due to the affected muscles
surrounding it. TMJ can occur on either side or
both and can cause major discomfort, along with
migraines, neck pain, teeth grinding/clenching,
etc. This bothersome condition could potentially be
caused by poor posture, a previous
injury, excessively chewing gum, and/or stress.
Recommended Acupuncture Points for Massage:
Acupuncture points for TMJ can be found near the ear and jaw, and even the big toe. Activating muscles and easing joint strain, can aid in the relaxation of the jaw.
Among the most popular acupoints are:
1. Between the bases of your thumb and index finger is Li-4 (Hegu), a good remedy
for headaches. Patients often report a decrease in TMJ-related headaches after receiving regular acupressure treatments at LI 4.
2. The acupoint GB-20 (Feng Chi), which aids in migraine management, can be found by feeling for the ear bone and following the groove back to where the neck muscles attach to the skull.
3. When your mouth is closed, ST-7 (Xiaguan) is situated on the face, anterior to the ear, in a dip between the zygomatic arch and the mandibular notch. This successfully manages facial paralysis and tinnitus.
4. On rare occasions, the Big toe LV-3 (Taichong) can be a great acupoint as well.
Acupuncture can be a great alternative treatment if TMJ is affected by stress and muscle tightness. In fact, in some cases, it can be curable. However, it is important to note that if this has been an ongoing issue starting at a young age, it could be more of a concern with the bone rather than the muscle surrounding it. If this is the case, it is recommended that you go seek professional help from a TMJ Specialist or be advised by your dentist.