Clinical Experience: TMJ

I had an old patient come back for a new issue the other day. He had not been able to open his mouth more than a couple of centimeters for 4 weeks. This patient could not eat or brush his teeth properly. He was drinking milk shakes, smoothies and soup to get nutrition. He had a tooth extracted 4 weeks earlier and shortly after the procedure he found himself in this terrible situation with his mouth clamped shut.

He had been to back to see his dentist, a physical therapist, and a TMJ specialist all to no avail. I always say patients need acupuncture after major dental work! From our clinical experience, 99% of  pain in the head and jaw is coming from the neck and shoulders. We worked on his jaw with trigger point acupuncture, we did acupuncture using imaging, and on the 3rd session, I treated him face down, and worked on his neck and shoulders, which were extremely tight. When I finished needling I asked him to try to open his mouth and he practically yelled, “bring me a pizza!!”  I told him it may take a couple of times to get him to 100%. Today he called to cancel his appointment a couple of days out because his problem was resolved. This is a man who could not eat and was facing possible surgery. I say it all day long, acupuncture is amazing. It blows me away everyday!



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