Acupressure Points for TMJ

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Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction or TMJ causes pain and tightness in the jaw. Release and relieve the symptoms of TMJ with the help of an acupuncture physician in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, Acupuncture Physician and Clinical Herbalist. Today, we will be discussing acupressure points to aid in treating TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. So, for sufferers of TMJ, you know that this can be quite debilitating in an active flare up where your jaw actually clinches down and you have trouble opening it. So, I'm going to show you some distal points because of course, you kind of intuitively massage the muscles of the face to, to try and get those muscles to let go so that the jaw can restore function. But, Li 4, a point I use all the time between the first and second bones of the hand at the high point of the muscle and the end of the crease is the command point to the head. It also moves chi vigorously throughout the body especially when you couple it with liver 3. Liver 3, located between the first and two bones of the foot, we're seeing a pattern here, about the same amount of distance down in a little hollow and then you use together; this helps to alleviate stress and move chi throughout the body creating a calming effect. These are points that I almost always use regardless of the pattern behind TMJ because they help to relax the person. So, if it wasn't stress that got you there in the first place with the TMJ, it's very stressful during an acute exasperation of that. So these really do help. And doing this daily on yourself will help chi to move slowly and also mitigate your physiological response to stress. I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was acupressure for TMJ.

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