Acupressure for Jaw Pain

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Certain acupressure points can be a great way to relieve pain in your jaw. Learn about acupressure and its effect on jaw pain with help from a doctor of oriental medicine in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm Hilary Talbott, acupuncture physician and clinical herbalist. Today, we will be discussing acupressure and jaw pain. There are several local points that we could use on the jaw to treat pain, depending on which side it's on, or if it's on both sides, you of course, want to stimulate the points on both. To find these points, It's best if you actually clench your jaw, if it isn't already. And once you do that, there's actually kind of the fleshy part of the mascular muscle pops up, and you can find that there's a little divot right here. This point is really effective. And then there's also a point on just either side, like in a little dip, in the sinus cavity, and right back behind the angle of the jawbone, there's also dip right here, kind of close to the ear. Now all three of these points are great local points to massage and try and get the jaw itself to release, or the muscles if they are the culprit in being tight. Now, some of these points are large intestine points, so based on channel theory as well as empirical value of what this next point does, a point on your hand could be very help at loosening up the jaw. Ally four, located between the first and second bones of the hand, at the high point of the muscle just at the end of the crease. And you want to have pretty firm stimulation on that point. A lot of times, I'll pinch the other side of it with a thumb and a finger, and this is the command point to the head. And like I said, this large intestine channel actually runs up through the jaw, so it's pretty effective at stimulating those points on the local part if you don't feel like massaging the jaw itself. There are various other points that might be used to help with lockjaw, or just tension that's causing you pain in the jaw, and I encourage you to seek out your local acupuncture physician to find out what those are for you. I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was acupressure for the jaw.

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