Pain in the jaw can be incredibly uncomfortable. It is often paired with headaches that make it difficult to focus. Low-level laser therapy can be effective for TMJ pain relief.
What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. This is the joint of the jaw and connects the lower jawbone or mandible to the upper temporal bone in the skull. Most people mean pain in the joint when they use the term “TMJ.”
The actual term for pain in that joint is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). Pain in the temporomandibular joint typically causes problems such as jaw pain, jaw lock, jaw popping, and jaw clicking.
What causes TMJ?
Researchers have not identified a cause for pain in the TMJ. It is possible the symptoms are a result of problems with muscles in the jaw or in the joint itself. In addition, some experience TMJ related to stress and clenching or grinding teeth.
How common is TMJ?
TMJ pain is more common in women than men. And it is more common between the ages of 20 and 40.
Since there is no clear way to diagnose TMJ pain, it isn’t clear how common the condition is.
How does laser therapy provide TMJ pain relief?
Low-level laser therapy sends infra-red photons that stimulate your damaged cells. It also increases blood flow in the area, increasing the oxygen and nutrients flowing to your cells and muscles. This helps your own cells heal themselves.
The outcome is faster tissue repair, pain reduction and reduced inflammation.
Low-level laser therapy is very popular since there are no side effects, no recovery time, no medications and no surgery.
Research studies show the impact laser therapy has on providing TMJ pain relief.
How many treatments should you expect for TMJ pain relief?
We recommend a short burst of treatments to provide an intense response to the pain. Expect 3-5 treatments in two weeks. At that point, your practitioner will reassess your condition and the recommended path.
You’ve gotten your microneedling treatment and now wondering about microneedling aftercare. Below, we address some common questions we hear from patients. We’ve done microneedling treatments on patients with a range of skin types, so can share tips & tricks we’ve seen get the best results.
November is Healthy Skin Month. It’s the perfect time to consider a photofacial. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so it pay off to take care of it! Photofacials use light-based technology to boost collagen, lighten blemishes including wrinkles and treat acne.
Looking for an immunity boost? Acupuncture can strengthen the immune system. It does this by stimulating cells that are critical to the body’s immune response. This means the body can respond swiftly and strongly to any threats.
If you’re struggling with sleep, acupuncture can be a useful tool.
Insomnia is very common. One out of three Americans experience one or more symptoms of insomnia. While you may not be experiencing chronic insomnia- no restorative sleep for at least three nights a week for one month or longer- trouble sleeping can still affect your daily life. You could be experiencing problems sleeping for a number of reasons, such as stress, anxiety, medications and physical conditions.
Are you one of the 15-20% of Americans who suffer from severe headache or migraine? We treat many folks with acupuncture for headache pains. And we also see results with low-level laser therapy for headache relief as well.
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Are you looking for Tempe microneedling and nanoneedling services? Patients seeking to minimize wrinkles, age spots or scarring often ask about microneedling.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is the insertion of super fine, short needles into the skin for rejuvenation. The fine needles create a small wound in the skin. Skin cells respond by increasing production of collagen and new skin cells. Depending on the depth of needle penetration, your skin will experience enhanced absorption of facial serums as well as treatment of scars and wrinkles.
Microneedling and nanoneedling reflect advances in technology and our understanding of what promotes skin regeneration. Instead of scraping away and severely damaging the surface of your skin (the epidermis), these treatments keep the epidermis intact so it can keep your skin healthy. The tiny needles reach below the epidermis and create thousands of microscopic channels. These channels stimulate the skin cells to produce more collagen, elastin and keratinocytes. And they also magnify the skin’s ability to absorb any serums we apply- some studies show up to 3,000%!
Is microneedling the same as nanoneedling?
No. Both microneedling and nanoneedling involve the same concept of inserting fine needles into the skin. However, there are slight differences in procedure and treatment purpose.
Number of needle tips
Up to 2mm but most often ~0.5mm
Ideal treatment purposes
* Deep wrinkles * Deep acne scars * Hyperpigmentation * Pore reduction * Stretch marks * More pigmented skin * Hair growth
* Fine lines & wrinkles * Blackheads * Smoothing, toning and glow * Sensitive areas like around the eyes and on lips
Once every 4 weeks
Multiple times a week
How are microneedling and nanoneedling different from facial acupuncture?
Our Tempe facial acupuncture service is a more comprehensive treatment that also includes laser therapy. Facial acupuncture inserts a few needles at specific acupoints to address the issues that the patient is experiencing. These needles may be in the face or in other areas of the body. We recommend facial acupuncture for total body and face wellness.
By contrast, microneedling and nanoneedling inserts multiple fine needles that are rotating very rapidly (in some cases up to 18,000 rotations per minute). These needles only go in the face and just to the areas on the skin where there are issues.
What are other terms for microneedling?
Microneedling is also known as Collagen Induction Therapy.
How many treatments will you need?
Most patients opt for a series of 4 treatments, with optimal results at 6 treatments. Patients will see gradual changes after the first treatment that continue to build through the sessions.
What should you ask your Tempe microneedling practitioner?
Tell us what you are trying to achieve. We can help you understand the considerations with acupuncture, microneedling and nanoneedling and what may be best for you. We’ll also help you understand the time frames for improvement.
Also ask us how our professional treatments cannot be compared to at home treatments.
Juvenate Healing also has proprietary after care protocol to maximize the power of your treatments.