Foot Pain & Plantar Fasciitis Research Studies
Acupuncture Relieves TMJ Pain
Acupuncture has proven to be effective at reducing the pain associated with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. According to ancient theories of Chinese medicine, acupuncture acts by restoring the balanced flow of Qi, or energy. Modern research has revealed scientific reasons why acupuncture is a successful therapy: in the 1970s, reports appeared in Western medical literature suggesting that one way in which acupuncture reduces pain sensation is through direct stimulation of the nerve, which changes the quality of signaling along nerve cells. Further studies support this idea by demonstrating that acupuncture directly stimulates the release of endorphins and neurotransmitters, among other biological actions.