Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

TMJ disorder is an umbrella term, covering acute or chronic pain especially in the chewing muscles, or inflammation of the temporomandibular joint – whose causes may include anylosis, arthritis, trauma, dislocations and neoplasia, with pain and dysfunction in muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, bones, connective tissue and the teeth. Symptoms include difficulty biting or chewing, jaw pain, clicking, popping, grating, reduced ability to open or close the mouth, dizziness, headache or migraine, neck and shoulder pain, blinking, ear pain, hearing loss and tinnitus.

For more information on how acupuncture may be able to help with the symptoms of TMJ disorder, please download this factsheet.