TMJ is the acronym for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. TMJ is associated with pain and/or tenderness in your face, which can affect one side or both sides simultaneously. An individual can experience pain in the neck, shoulder and around the ear canal. Along with pain, individuals experience clicking, popping and/or grating sounds in the jaw. Other symptoms include headaches, dizziness and/or wheezing sounds.

What are the causes of TMJ?

TMJ can occur as the result of an injury to the jaw joint, improper alignment of the jaw and teeth, overuse due to excessive or vigorous chewing and clenching or grinding of your teeth.

How is TMJ treated at CNS Rehabilitation Center?

  • Cold Laser Therapy: This machine utilizes specific wavelengths of light, which by passes superficial tissue and reaches the interstitial tissue in order to reduce swelling, pain, reduce spasms and improve functionality. The energy that is emitted through the ray of light is known as photons. These photons reach our damaged cells and stimulate our mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell!) which in turn accelerate the production of ATP (ie. Energy units). The production of energy units turns our damaged cells into a stable healthy state.

  • Acupuncture: Very find needles are placed on the side of face that endures pain. The goal of this is to balance the bodies’ flow of energy and achieve a healthy and positive state of being.

  • Ultrasound Therapy: This machine uses high or low frequency sounds waves, which provides the area of pain with tissue and muscle warming. The purpose is to promote relaxation and relieve tightness of the jaw.

  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or TENS Heat: Patches are placed on the area that endures pain. The TENS unit are electrodes that stimulate the nerves through gentle heat wave signals. It works by altering or interrupting the pain signals that travel from injured tissues to your brain. The electrical stimulation signals also cause the muscles to contract. Contraction of the muscles results in stronger muscle tissue.

  • Oriental Cupping: Dr. Kim uses the wet cupping method, which is a combination of cupping and controlled medicinal bleeding with a small lancet needle. Most injured tissues possess pore circulation in the area of pain. The goal of cupping is to target the injured tissue by taking out the “bad” blood and allowing newly synthesized blood to function as well as circulate properly.

  • Mineral Hot Stones: These have been used all over the word to strengthen and facilitate the removal of toxins. Hot stones are beneficial because they promote relaxation of the body tissues-both superficial and deep, promotes relaxation of the muscles and tendons, improves circulation and immune system, promotes mental relaxation re-balances the body’s nervous, muscular-skeletal, digestive, and reproductive system.