Acupuncture for Orofacial Pain

Dr. Alan B Rosenthal has accumulated extensive knowledge and experience throughout over 30 years of his practice in managing complicated cases. Behind Dr. Rosenthal’s multiple credentials, there are thousands of patients who benefited from his expertise and unconditional attention. He uses acupuncture in his practice for chronic pain, TMJ, TMD, sinus pain, myofacial pain, trigeminal neuralgia, burning mouth syndrome, neuropathic pain, primary headaches migraines, cluster headache, posttraumatic pain and general well-being. Orofacial pain is a general reference to pain felt in areas from shoulders up, above the neck, below the orbitomeatal line, before the ears and the oral cavity. Most of the cases of Orofacial pain are caused by dental disorders such as toothache. Another cause of Orofacial pain is temporomandibular joint dysfunction TMD.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is the impairment of jaw and joints muscle that connects the mandible skull. The main feature of this dysfunction is pain followed by constrained movement of the jaw. TMD lowers the quality of life for the victim, but it is not life threatening. The practice of acupuncture is concern in treating chronic facial pain, including temporomandibular disorders of muscle origin.

Acupuncture is a form of alternative and complementary treatment. It is derived from traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture has been practiced over two and a half thousand years and has been used all over the world particularly since the nineteen seventies. It involves the use of heat, pressure, lasers or thin needles to stimulate specific acupoints along the skin of the body.
For the past twenty one years, there have been extensive researches on acupuncture. There have been several attempts of carrying out controlled clinical trials, which include the use of “sham” or “placebo” acupuncture controls. Acupuncture has a therapeutic effect; however, this effect depends on the proficiency of the acupuncturist. A practical way to measure the healing properties of acupuncture is to compare it with the effect of conventional treatment through randomized controlled trials or group studies, if the disease conditions before treatment are comparable across the groups, with outcomes developed for all patients. Acupuncture has been seen to work in cases of chronic disease where there is a rapid improvement in a disease that is recognized as intractable to conventional treatment. Acupuncture procedure is safe when performed by a qualified practitioner. Unlike many drugs, acupuncture’s toxic and adverse reactions are minimal. Acupuncture is available and practicable. It is straight forward, convenient, affordable and has few contraindications.

The result of acupuncture is similar to that of traditional treatments for temporomandibular joint pain and dysfunction. Research has indicated that acupuncture is a useful integrative
and complementary treatment for medical complicate conditions. Shen et al. (2009) observed that patients receiving professional acupuncture experienced a decrease in jaw pain, jaw/face
stiffness, and neck spasms, and a significant rise in pain tolerance of the masseter muscle.
Acupuncture algesia is more effective than a placebo for many kinds of pain, and its approval rate in the management of constant pain is comparable to that of morphine. Research has proven that acupuncture has no risk of dependence and can be performed to treat trauma such as pulls. It is used to manage neurological defects like headaches, migraines and neuralgia. Research has indicated that acupuncture can be performed to deal with respiratory disorders. Call now and book an appointment for specialized care for your pain. We provide the best care service around.

 

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