TENS Therapy – Ann Arbor, MI
Stop Your TMJ Disorder Pain Today!
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located on either side of your face. It connects your lower jaw to your skull, allowing you to perform movements essential to your daily life, such as chewing, speaking, and even yawning. Unfortunately, for some people, these simple tasks are harder than they should be because of a disorder of the joint. A TMJ disorder can limit the movements of your jaw while also causing many painful symptoms. Dr. Olsen embraces the latest innovations to give you the relief you need using TENS therapy in Ann Arbor, MI. He routinely uses the TENS machine to create personalized solutions to stop your discomfort.
What is the TENS Machine?
A disorder of the temporomandibular joint can be caused by several issues, such as a poorly aligned bite, past trauma, or arthritis. No matter the cause, it can limit your ability to fully open your mouth. Your jaw may even lock into an opened or closed position. Many patients report feeling a clicking, popping, or grating sensation when moving the joint.
Unfortunately, it’s common to experience facial pain, which can radiate to the neck and shoulders. You may also have a headache, earache, or even oral pain. A TENS unit blocks pain signals to the brain. Not only does this give you the relief you need, but it also helps reduce the stress that may lead to tension in the jaw.
How Can It Help Me?
TENS therapy is formulated on the belief that both painful and non-painful signals cannot be transmitted to the brain’s receptors at the same time. This is more commonly known as the gate control theory. Essentially, the unit activates the non-painful inputs to the brain, which “closes the gate” for painful signals. Patients report feeling a tingling sensation as it also releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkiller.
What are the Benefits of the TENS Unit?
TENS stands for “Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.” This is a drug-free and noninvasive pain control method that uses high-frequency electrical impulses to the brain to interrupt its signals using electrodes placed on your skin. The unit is adjustable to cater the settings to your specific needs.
- Immediately effective pain relief.
- Significantly reduce or eliminate the painful symptoms of TMJ.
Why Should I Visit My Dentist for TENS Therapy?
If you’re ready to overcome the pain of a TMJ disorder, TENS therapy may be an option for you. Now, there are many machines available for purchase that claim to provide the same benefits as those available from a dentist; however, there are safety concerns. The placement of the electrodes is crucial for getting relief. Since you’re treating the temporomandibular joint, they are usually placed on the base of the head and neck.
Dr. Olsen is specially trained to safely use the TENS unit for TMJ therapy. He will ensure the correct placement for long-lasting relief without compromising your safety.
Get the Relief You Need Today!
If you’re ready to take control of your quality of life, it’s time to see if you’re a candidate for TMJ therapy using the TENS unit. Contact our dental office today to schedule your consultation.