Acupuncture is extremely effective in treating chronic pain, including facial pain. Chronic facial pain arises from two common causes: trigeminal neuralgia and TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorders). Trigeminal neuralgia occurs with damage to any of the three branches of the trigeminal nerve. Often the pain, triggered by touching certain points or moving certain facial muscles, is intense. While causes of trigeminal neuralgia are unclear, relief of pain with acupuncture is much more predictable and safe than treatment with drugs or surgery. TMJ, a disorder in the jaw joints, can arise from dental problems, mental stress, or neuromuscular disorders. Among the many ways to treat TMJ, several studies show that acupuncture is very effective and relatively safe.
A recent British study of 70 cases of dental patients receiving acupuncture for TMJ indicated that 85% of patients benefited with an average reduction in pain intensity of 75%. You can eliminate symptoms of TMJ with lifestyle changes. I will discuss your health history with you to discover which lifestyle habits to tweak in order to eliminate symptoms as well as apply acupuncture to key points that will relieve stress and restore energy circulation to the affected joints.