TMJ and Jaw Pain

At the Acupuncture Hub we can help ease your TMJ and jaw pain.
Temporomandibula Joint (TMJ) pain may easily be reduced by the insertion of a fine needle into the masseter muscle. Our expertise in cosmetic acupuncture on a regular basis gives us an edge. Allowing almost painless needle insertion in this area. Jaw pain is often related to whole body and nervous system being out of balance. Alcohol and coffee consumption often contribute to jaw pain as they affect the stomach meridian. This meridian runs thru the jaw and front of the neck.
TMJ syndrome involves problems with the jaw, surrounding facial muscles and the Jaw joint. When a person grinds or clenches the teeth, it puts a lot of pressure on the TMJ. If the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket joint is dislocated, then the joint can become arthritic. Injury to the jaw, TMJ or muscles of the head and neck, such as from a heavy blow or whiplash can cause the condition.


Needles will be gently placed in the body and Jaw Line to release tension and restore balance. It’s also important to release tension from the neck and shoulders. We may use cupping or Jade stone massage or needling to achieve this. Treatment will take around one hour.


It originates at its wide end at the lateral pterygoid plate, while the narrow end of the fan inserts into the anterior surface of the coronoid process.
The masseter elevates and protracts the mandible. Its origin is the zygomatic arch and insertion is the lateral surface of the mandible. All three of these muscles work during mastication, but may also be continuously called on during periods of stress when the jaw is habitually clenched or when grinding the teeth. This clenching and grinding can result in headaches, which are myofascial in origin which means problems of the muscles
Several muscles can be involved in TMJ problems. The temporalis muscle is a large, thin, fan-shaped muscle located on the side of the skull above and in front of the ear. Its origin attachments are the temporal lines, fossa and fascia, and it inserts into the coronoid process and anterior ramus of the mandible. It is a muscle of mastication and its role is similar to the masseter, which is to elevate the mandible. Although the masseter is more powerful, the temporalis is also an important chewing muscle. The temporalis starts at the temporal bone of the skull and passes all the way down beneath the zygomatic arch, attaching to the mandible. It assists the masseter in closing the jaw but it also retracts the mandible. The lateral pterygoid muscle, also shaped like a fan, is responsible for moving the lower jaw from side to side.