Acupuncture for TMJ Pain

Acupuncture MJ pain relief for improvement in limited function through our acupuncture treatment, typically within only 6 visits.

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Our TMJ Protocol for Acupuncture Treatment for TMJ Pain Relief

Step 1

TMJ Specific Orthopedic Exam

Baseline Evaluation
Subjective, Objective and Functional Measures that allow you and Dr. Jones to gauge the level of relief and return of normal function.

Identifies deficiencies in the range of motion of head, neck, and shoulder, and inhibitions of muscles affecting the movement of the Tempo-Mandibular Joint.

In addition, includes palpation to identify trigger points that require attention.

Step 2


Intra-Oral Massage
Releases inhibition/constriction of Medial & Lateral* Pterygoid (only muscle that opens jaw*) muscles and the attachment of the Temporalis at the Coronoid Process of the Mandible.

This first step is key for it is not possible to needle inside the mouth. Intra-Oral Massage improves the ability to open and close jaw, without pain.

Perfusion Treatment plus Distal Needling
Improves Blood Flow to Head, Neck, Shoulder and Upper extremities and complements the action of Motor/Trigger Point Treatments.

The Perfusion Treatment modality is essential for maintaining the results of the first treatments and for the healing of chronic cases.

Motor Point and Trigger Point Treatment
Releases Inhibited/Constricted Muscles of Head, Face, Neck, and Shoulder.

This modality thus improves the range of motion in these areas and the function of their muscles and joints and relieves pain in all areas associated with TMJ dysfunction.

Soft Tissue Work
These modalities maintain the results of the initial treatments and help to remodel the soft tissue to normalize structure and function.

Herbal Therapy
Complements and extends the effects of Acupuncture treatments, and greatly assists with stress management.

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What our patients are saying:

“I had been diagnosed with TMJ disorder and despite dental and chiropractic intervention, was experiencing increasing pain and discomfort that interrupted eating, sleeping and work, severely diminishing my quality of life.

David worked miracles. He was very patient with my complaints, offered advice for stretching and breathing exercises between visits and always ensured that I was comfortable during the acupuncture treatment.

His skill and ability certainly helped me to avoid unnecessary surgery and gave me back my life!”

– Dana Ferguson


“I had a painful jaw injury following a dental procedure, and decided to try Acupuncture with Dr. David Blake Jones. He has greatly helped me by decreasing the pain in and improving the movement of my jaw. If you are looking for a warm, genuinely caring and skilled practitioner, Dr. Jones is for you. Plus, he has a wicked sense of humor, an infectious positive energy and a beautiful smile. He is truly dedicated to enhancing your wellbeing. I recommend him with no reservations.”

– Cynthia Cornett


Did You Know?

The connection between TMJ and head extension.

There is a very important connection between the jaw and the neck.  When a person opens his or her jaw, it is normal for the head to extend. However, most TMJ patients have no to only minimal head extension when they open their jaws.

Thus, to relieve the pain and restore the function of TMJ patients, it is important to treat two neck muscles involved in head extension. Acupuncture easily activates these two muscles, with just two needles.

At Atlanta Restorative Acupuncture, Dr. Jones, DACM, LAc determines if their is sufficient head extension, and makes sure to incorporate attention to critical neck, as well as head muscles, into treatment plans.

What to expect during your acupuncture treatment

After your acupuncture treatment

Got Pain? Not Feeling Your Best??

Schedule Appointment with Dr. Jones, L.Ac., M.S.P.H., D.A.C.M.