TMJ Relief With Acupuncture Treatments In Minneapolis

TMJ Relief with Acupuncture in Minneapolis

Do you or a love one suffer from TMJ or Temporomadibular Joint Disorder? Do you grind your teeth at night (a condition called bruxism) only to wake up in pain the next morning? Do you have pain in your jaw, face, neck and/or shoulders? If so, you may be one of many who suffer from TMJ Disorder or TMD.

What Causes Jaw Pain?

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ) The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the area where the jaw and skull connect at a ball and socket hinge in front of the ears. This joint controls chewing and talking so it is one of the most frequently used joints in your body. TMJ can be caused by:

• Grinding or clenching teeth (often at night)
• Head or face injuries
• Displacement of disc between jawbone and socket
• Arthritis

Research Shows Acupuncture Offers TMJ Relief

Research at the Ribeirão Preto Dental School at São Paulo University in Brazil found after 3 months of acupuncture treatments that patients with TMJ experienced significant pain relief, increased strength of their bite and decreased EMG activity of the masticatory muscles.

17 patients were studied using acupuncture points for TMJ. EMG measures were acquired before and after the treatment. The data collected at rest, protrusion, left and right laterality and clenching were normalized by maximum voluntary contraction.

As a leading acupuncture clinic in the Minneapolis area, we use some of the most effective treatments to treat your jaw pain, eliminate headaches and associated symptoms. After an initial consultation where we diagnose your TMJ, we use a special acupuncture treatment to relax your jaw, face and neck muscles. Imagine your tension melting away while you rest comfortably.

If you need relief from TMJ problems and live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul/Twin Cities area be sure to sign up for our newsletter here. And call our friendly receptionist at 612-866-4000 to set up your first acupuncture treatment for TMJ. Or go to our Contact Page now.

For more than 20 years, Steven Sonmore, L. AC, Dipl. AC., has been helping people transform their lives and maintain better health through Chinese medicine. Steven is a licensed acupuncturist, Oriental bodywork therapist, and herbalist. He offers complete health care through acupuncture, Chinese herbs and nutritional counseling. Steven’s patients come from all different ages and walks of life and he has extensive experience treating a spectrum of dis-ease ranging from physical pain and discomfort to emotional stress and anxiety. His extensive experience is evident by the high success rate he consistently has with patients and is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. Steven is also certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.



  1. I like the clarity of your article, but may I ask how you treat clients who grind their teeth at night? many thanks

  2. Would you please give us some examples or cases successfully treated in your own clinic?

    Many thanks,

    • Hi Lisa,
      Sure. Here’s what one patient had to say after her TMJ treatment:

      “After getting an infection in my mouth, my jaw was locked shut. For about six weeks we were sent from doctor to doctor only to hear there was nothing they could do to help me. I was suffering from horrible headaches that made it hard to function. After one treatment at Complete Oriental Medical Care I was given immediate relief I so terribly needed. I received two more treatments and the relief continued. I will never be able to thank you enough for what you have done for me.” Fiona Woodward

  3. Frankie Safier says:

    JAW pain can be caused by TMJ and poor dentition. Get yourself evaluated about the cause of your jaw pain. **”;,

    Kind thanks

  4. TMJ OHIO sufferer says:

    I want to try this so badly – I had a splint for a while but never got any results from it. Learning meditation/relaxing techniques helped reduce the number of migraines but didn’t eradicate them.

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