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Natural Treatments for Jaw Pain

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Natural Treatments for Jaw Pain

By Kelli Rosen, Delicious Living

If you suffer from chronic facial pain related to problems with the jaw, namely the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, you may want to turn to natural therapies for relief–and take the bite out of jaw pain for good. And while each treatment is effective alone, experts recommend utilizing these options in concert.

Acupuncture
By balancing the energy around the jaw, “acupuncture is very effective in addressing the root causes of grinding and clenching, such as stress, anger, and frustration, making it an excellent treatment option,” says Carrie Corey, LAc, LMT, a massage and acupuncture practitioner in Bethesda, Maryland. “Since tension decreases the flow of blood and energy qi in the [jaw] area, needles can be placed directly in tender points to relax specific areas of muscle.”

During a session for TMJ pain, expect needles to be inserted in acupoints along the channels that flow through the face, neck, or jaw, including the head, arms, and legs. Although many people experience positive results after only one session, don’t give up if relief isn’t immediate. “I usually recommend that patients allow six to eight visits before assessing if acupuncture will or will not be effective,” says Leslie Axelrod, ND, LAc, a practitioner in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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7:36AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

Thank you Mel, for Sharing this!

5:31PM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

a dentish on the NHS is hard to find to do my teeth . they all want to di ti private. Im in complete stress and distress abut it. It bin goin on for years.

5:30PM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

thks for the info. very good. i have a bie guards but my mouth gets very dry

4:04PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Thank you for info.

4:03PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Thank you for info.

4:03PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Thank you for info.

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2:24PM PDT on May 6, 2010

That's really interesting, I didn't know that there were massage therapists that worked inside of the mouth.

7:35PM PDT on Apr 11, 2010

I massage my own jaw sometimes. I can't afford to have someone do it for me. Also am scared of needles, so the acupuncture doesn't appeal to me. I am just now beginning to study about my pain and causes and remedies. Care2 is always a great place to start. ")

6:31AM PST on Jan 23, 2010

I have TMJ but haven't gone in for the surgery

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