Chronic jaw tension, jaw clenching and teeth grinding (also called Bruxism) can cause headaches, sleep disruption and other problems. This condition is often worse at night during sleep (called sleep bruxism). A related condition, called TMJ, generally refers to Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) that occur as a result of problems with the jaw. In this condition, the jaw joint and surrounding jaw muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw are painful and sore. This condition is often linked to conditions of stress, however structural misalignment of the spine and neck are often a contributing factor.
Meridian Health Clinic's TMJ action plan is a comprehensive program, aimed at a complete reversal of chronic symptoms by addressing the root cause. The plan components include:
1.) Acupuncture Treatment - to re-align structural imbalances, reduce muscular tension and calm the nervous system.
2.) Dietary evaluation and modifications - to reduce inflammation and improve overall health.
3.) Self-Care Exercises - to reduce muscular tension, promote awareness of the body tension and increase the effectiveness of program overall.
4.) Supplements Recommendations - to account for any dietary deficiencies.
Eric Schmidt, LAc has been consistently rated one of best acupuncturists Santa Monica for pain management and TMJ related syndromes. Jaw tension can be a complicated condition, where the body holds tension and imbalances in various area of the back and legs; Therefore each case must be treated individually due to the many possible causes. Typically, in cases of long-standing teeth grinding or TMJ, a series of acupuncture treatments (3-6) can eliminate this pattern entirely within days or weeks.
Pain management specialist, Eric Schmidt, LAc (Licensed Acupuncturist)