Millions of Americans suffer from symptoms associated with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), a condition resulting in chronic inflammation and pain. While TMJ disorder originates in the joint connecting the mandible to the skull, it can lead to an array of unpleasant symptoms throughout the entire body. In search of TMJ relief, many patients turn to acupuncture. Unfortunately, a recent study suggests that these treatments may not be as helpful as many think.
Recently, a group of researchers systematically reviewed several clinical trials to help evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture as a treatment for TMJ disorder. Each of these clinical trials compared actual acupuncture treatments to what’s known as “sham” acupuncture: a technique used to convince participants that they are receiving acupuncture when they really aren’t.
In the end, the study determined that the placebo effect associated with sham acupuncture was about as helpful as actual acupuncture treatments. Although the researchers suggested that more studies might be needed, they ultimately asserted that they believed acupuncture would not provide much TMJ relief to patients suffering from TMD.
It’s not surprising that acupuncture provides little TMJ relief, since it only aims to address symptoms associated with TMD instead of the actual cause. TMJ disorder is most often the result of a misaligned bite. Fortunately, in most cases, an oral appliance can be used to provide patients with lasting relief. Call Collins Dentistry & Aestheitcs at 509-532-1111 in Spokane or 509-927-2273 in Spokane Valley, to learn more.
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