Clenching the teeth, a tight jaw, ear aches and headaches can all be attributed to TMJ Syndrome. Let’s have a closer look at TMJ before diving into the acupoints that are indicated for relief.
TMJ stands for Temporal Mandibular Joint.
This is the scientific name for “jaw joint.” The movable part of your jaw is the mandibular bone. The bone that the mandible connects to on the skull is the temporal bone.
Joints are places where two bones meet. TMJ Syndrome is the name for the pain that occurs at the temporal mandibular joint. This pain may reflect damage to the joint and/or tendon, and muscle pain related to the joint.
Tight muscles can pull the jaw out of alignment (the jaw connects on both sides of the skull). Too much tension on one side of the head can pull the jaw to one side, which may set the stage for joint trouble as time progresses.
Getting relief from TMJ
Therapeutic massage to the muscles of the head, face, and jaw is very helpful for relieving the muscle tension that may be pulling the jaw too far to one side. Massage can also help alleviate the mental-emotional stress that may be contributing to the tension in these muscles in the first place.
Below is a picture of some of the muscles on the head and face that move the jaw. When these muscles relax and soften, the pressure on the joint is relieved. Once the pressure is relieved, space returns to the temporal-mandibular joint, which sets the stage for healing.
Acupoints for TMJ Syndrome
Using acupressure for TMJ can be very beneficial! Next, I will show you some points to relieve TMJ pain.
Stomach 6, Gallbladder 12, Small Intestine 19
Apply gentle pressure to these points on both sides of the head.
I like to add in small circular massage to these points to help move the energy. The combination of massage to the muscles of the skull and focused attention to these points can help relieve the pain of TMJ.
Stress is a big factor with TMJ