TMJD Treatment

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What is TMJ?

TMJ is a group of health disorders relating to your temporomandibular joint (also called TMJ).  These disorders may be referred to as TMJDs or TMDs, to distinguish between the joint itself and the disorders.  Your TMJ is the joint that attaches your lower jaw to the rest of your skull.  You can feel your TMJ on both sides of your head, just in front of your ears.  In this article we’ll discuss the symptoms and causes of TMJDs, and how Chinese Medicine can help.

TMJD Symptoms:

If you have a TMJ disorder, you may have difficulty moving your jaw to eat or speak.  You might also feel tenderness or pain in your TMJ or in your face or neck.  These symptoms could be on one or both sides of your face.  Other common symptoms of TMJ disorders include:

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  • Locking of the jaw
  • Clicking or popping sounds 
  • Shift in jaw alignment
  • Headaches
  • Ringing in the ears 
  • Vertigo

Your symptoms may vary depending on the cause of your TMJD.

Causes of TMJD:

A variety of factors may be responsible for causing TMJ disorders.  These range from traumas to the jaw or TMJ joint, to arthritis, growth disorders, and bone structure defects from birth.  Clenching or grinding your teeth regularly could also play a role in causing TMJ disorders.  To reduce the risk of developing TMJD, try to avoid grinding your teeth.  Your dentist can help you with this.

How Can Chinese Medicine Help?

If you’re looking for a natural but effective treatment for TMJD, Chinese Medicine is a great option.  For thousands of years, Chinese Medicine doctors have observed that disease occurs when there is an underlying imbalance in the body.  This could be an imbalance between heat and cold, deficiency and excess, or Yin and Yang.  It could also be an imbalance in organ strength.

Chinese Medicine views all the organs in your body as connected.  When one organ is too weak, this can affect other parts of the body.  For example, your liver and gallbladder are two important organs that control detoxification, and maintain your tendons, joints, and nerves.  If you have a weak liver or gallbladder, you may be more likely to experience joint problems like TMJ disorders.

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Your Chinese Medicine practitioner can help treat health problems like TMJDs by addressing underlying imbalances in your body.  First, your practitioner will identify the underlying imbalance in your body by analysing your symptoms.  Then they can create a unique treatment plan for you, adjusted to your individual situation.  Treatments could involve acupuncture, acupressure, and Chinese herbal medicine. 

Conclusion:

Overall, the TMJ is the joint that attaches your jaw to your skull.  Disorders of this joint are referred to as TMJDs.  If you have a TMJD, you might experience symptoms like jaw pain and difficulty opening your mouth.  Causes of TMJDs can include injuries, grinding your teeth, and bone structure defects from birth.  Chinese Medicine is a great way to treat TMJDs naturally, as it deals with the underlying cause of your condition.

For more information about how Chinese Medicine can help you treat pain problems like TMJDs, see our website at https://balancetcm.co.nz/pain-clinic-hamilton/.

To find out more about how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you, see our webpage at https://balancetcm.co.nz/traditional-chinese-medicine-hamilton/.

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References:

Burke, D. (2022, January 14). Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/tmj-disorders

Centre of Balance: Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine. (n.d.). Pain Clinic. https://balancetcm.co.nz/pain-clinic-hamilton/

Phua, S. (n.d.). What Is Traditional Chinese Medicine? Centre of Balance: Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine. https://balancetcm.co.nz/traditional-chinese-medicine-hamilton/