TMJ Disorder

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During periods of stress many of us hold tension in our jaws subconsciously or grind our teeth whilst sleeping. This can cause pain and tenderness along the jaw, in the temples, neck or even aching pain around the ears. 

Do you hear clicking or popping whilst chewing or talking? This is likely due to dysfunction at the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), where your jawbone connects to your skull. 

Acupuncture is one of the most effective methods of treatment for TMJ disorders. It helps to reduce stress, pain and inflammation, and relax the muscles of the face and jaw. 

In Chinese Medicine, health and well-being is viewed through the lens of a profound mind-body connection. Emotional imbalances, if left unaddressed, can disrupt the body’s energy flow, leading to physical disharmony and disease. 

What would make you clench and grind your teeth at night, even when the rest of the body is relaxed in sleep? We tighten our muscles in reaction to stress and threats. It’s our body’s way of bracing. Muscles around the jaw are related to expression. We tighten our muscles to hold things in. What emotions are you holding in? What words are you unable to speak? 

This fascinating correlation between specific emotions and their impact on corresponding body parts invites us to self-examination, insight, and transformation. Our thoughts and emotions (both conscious and unconscious) govern so much of our physiology. The body is always reminding us of what remains unresolved within us. The issue we haven’t been able to swallow or digest. The words that remain unexpressed. 

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