TMJ Treatment Hervey Bay

TMJ Treatment Hervey Bay

A study published in 2017 examined 8 acupuncture for TMJ publications involving 231 patients. The study concluded that acupuncture was effective for reducing pain in patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMD) (Jun-Yi Wu, 2019)

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) affects the joint that connects your jaw to the sides of your skull, allowing you to speak and chew. This disorder can manifest through pain, discomfort, and functional impairments in the jaw and surrounding areas.

TMJ Hervey BayCommon Symptoms of TMJ Include:

  • Pain in the jaw and chewing muscles
  • Clicking or popping sounds when opening the mouth
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw

Causes of TMJ:

TMJ can be caused by a variety of factors, such as:

  • Jaw injuries or misalignment
  • Excessive teeth grinding or clenching
  • Arthritis in the temporomandibular joint
  • Stress, leading to tightened facial and jaw muscles

TMJ Effects Quality of Life

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) can significantly impact quality of life, primarily through chronic and severe pain affecting the jaw, face, ear, neck, and shoulders.

This discomfort can make daily activities like chewing, speaking, and sleeping challenging, potentially leading to dietary restrictions, social withdrawal, and poor sleep quality. The persistent pain may also exacerbate stress and contribute to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, further diminishing life satisfaction.

Social interactions and professional performance can suffer as communication becomes painful, and individuals might avoid engaging in conversations or social settings. Additionally, the financial burden of managing TMJ, which may include multiple healthcare appointments and treatments, can create economic stress, especially if the disorder affects an individual’s ability to work.

Overall, TMJ disorders require a comprehensive treatment approach that addresses both the physical symptoms and the associated emotional and social challenges to improve the affected individuals’ overall quality of life.

TMJ Treatment Hervey Bay

Acupuncture for TMJ Treatment Hervey Bay

Acupuncture offers a promising solution for those suffering from TMJ by addressing both the symptoms and underlying causes. Through the strategic placement of needles, acupuncture can relieve muscle tension, reduce pain, and improve joint mobility.

The Science Behind Acupuncture and TMJ

Several studies have validated the effectiveness of acupuncture for TMJ disorders:

  • A 2017 review of eight studies involving 231 patients found significant pain reduction in TMJ patients through acupuncture (Jun-Yi Wu, 2019).
  • Research published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies in 2015 indicated that acupuncture not only reduces pain but also enhances jaw function (Cássia Maria Grillo et al., 2015).
  • Historical data from 1995 shows the prevalence of TMJ symptoms, highlighting the ongoing need for effective treatments such as acupuncture (J.-P. Goulet et al., 1995).
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Acupuncture Pain Relief Hervey Bay

What to Expect During Your Acupuncture Session for TMJ

When you book your appointment, you will immediately receive a welcome email. This email will introduce you to our practice and provide links to patient forms that you can fill out in advance.

During your initial assessment, Paul will review your health history through the lens of Chinese medicine, asking targeted questions to better understand your condition.

Paul will then check your wrist pulses and examine your tongue—key diagnostic practices in Chinese medicine. Based on these observations, he will determine the most effective acupuncture points and, if necessary, recommend Chinese herbs tailored to your specific diagnosis. Together, these form a comprehensive treatment plan.

The acupuncture session involves the use of sterile, single-use needles that remain in place for over 30 minutes, giving you plenty of time to unwind and let the treatment work. Throughout the process, Paul will explain each step, ensuring you feel comfortable and informed, optimising your experience and treatment outcomes.

After the session, we’ll review your treatment plan together, ensuring you leave not only feeling better but also confident about your journey toward relief from TMJ symptoms.

Exploring Additional Chinese Medicine Treatments for Pain Management

While acupuncture is a well-known method for pain relief, it is often part of a broader array of treatments available in Chinese medicine. During your initial consultation, we can explore a variety of treatment options that may be incorporated into your pain management plan, including:

  • Electroacupuncture: This technique enhances traditional acupuncture by applying a mild electric current to the needles, intensifying the treatment’s effectiveness and providing deeper relief from pain.
  • Cupping: Cupping therapy uses suction cups placed on the skin to stimulate blood flow and relax muscle tension, which can significantly ease pain.
  • Massage: We employ therapeutic massage techniques designed to relax tight muscles, improve circulation, and provide relief from pain and stiffness.
  • Herbal Liniments: These are topical herbal applications that help soothe pain and reduce inflammation directly at the site of discomfort.
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine: Tailored herbal prescriptions are crafted to address your specific health needs, supporting overall wellness and enhancing pain management strategies.

Each of these treatments can be used alone or in combination, depending on your specific condition and the holistic diagnosis made during your consultation. We aim to provide comprehensive care that addresses not just symptoms but the root causes of pain.

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Your Initial Acupuncture Appointment

Making your Initial Appointment is easiest using the online booking system. Simply find your appointment time and add your details.

Look out for an automated email with forms to fill in prior to your appointment.


  1. Wu, J.-Y. et al. (2019). Acupuncture therapy in the management of the clinical outcomes for temporomandibular disorders. Medicine, 96(9).
  2. Grillo, C. M. et al. (2015). Could Acupuncture Be Useful in the Treatment of Temporomandibular Dysfunction?. Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, 8(4), pp. 192-199.
  3. Goulet, J.-P. et al. (1995). Jaw pain prevalence among French-speaking Canadians in Québec and related symptoms of temporomandibular disorders. Journal of Dental Research, 74(11), pp. 1738-1744.

Disclaimer: Individual Results May Vary

At Paul Carter’s Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic, Paul is dedicated to providing acupuncture and Chinese medicine for tmj treatments. Paul is a firm believer in the potential of these ancient practices to enhance overall well-being and restore balance within the body.

However, it’s important to understand that each person is unique, and outcomes can vary significantly from one individual to another. While many have experienced relief and improvement from Paul’s treatments, specific results cannot be guaranteed or implied for everyone.

Paul’s approach involves customising treatments to meet the unique needs and conditions of each client, working closely with you to develop a personalised plan. Nonetheless, like all medical and therapeutic practices, acupuncture and Chinese medicine may not be suitable for everyone and may not always produce the desired outcomes.

Paul encourages you to consult with him to discuss your specific needs and expectations regarding tmj treatment. Additionally, he advises consulting with your primary healthcare provider to ensure that acupuncture and Chinese medicine are appropriate for your particular situation.

Remember, the path to health and wellness is a highly individual journey. What works for one person may not work for another. Paul is here to support you on this journey, but specific outcomes cannot be promised.

Your trust and understanding are essential to Paul, and he is always available to address any questions or concerns you may have.