Treating TMJ issues: acupressure points for self-care

Recently I wrote about how acupuncture can help relieve jaw pain and the stress that often accompanies it. Today’s post is about doing acupressure on yourself for TMJ issues.

Keep in mind that if you see an acupuncturist, they will do an evaluation that may show other issues that they can address, with a focus on getting your whole system in balance.

But acupressure can help. Here’s a page by the leading expert on using acupressure, Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., on pressure points for sinus problems, jaw, TMJ, and bruxism and includes a 4:07 video (go to 1:18 for the jaw points).

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He recommends holding them for a couple of minutes 2-3 times a day for a few weeks or months for best results if your jaw pain is chronic. Sinus, Jaw, TMJ and Bruxism Acupressure is 4:08.

I’ve previously shared a link to Heather Wibbel’s video (3:43) showing four points to apply pressure but if you missed it, here it is again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTKqvaY84G4

This site has good images of four points, two of which Heather covers (SI 19 and ST6), with two other points on the cranium (ST7 and GB12) that can help. https://www.bigtreehealing.com/tmj-relief-using-acupoints/

If you use these points, or any others, please share in the comments what helps you most.

(Note: If you Google this topic, beware that not all the results are credible. I found one that pictured ST36 on the leg while describing a point on the face!)

Treating TMJ issues: what acupuncturists do to help

When I asked members of some FB groups what they did for TMJ pain and dysfunction, several responded that they got acupuncture.

An acupuncturist examines your body’s energy patterns by reading pulses at your wrists and by examining your tongue. Then typically they insert needles into pressure points to restore a balanced flow of energy. They also may prescribe herbal medicines.

Acupuncture is known to relieve pain and stress, two major issues that accompany temporomandibular disorder. Someone trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine will also be aware of particular points and meridians to work with in treating TMD.

The linked article cites multiple studies of the benefits of acupuncture for TMD and recommends weekly 30 minute sessions.

If you’re an acupuncturist who works with TMD, or have received acupuncture for your TMD, would you please share in the comments? Thank you.