Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction causes many individuals discomfort around the jaw. This pain can prevent them from living comfortably. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulate (TENS) treatment can provide drug-free mild relief for patients experiencing discomfort caused by TMD or other jaw-related issues.
What is TENS?
TENS is a treatment method that uses mild electrical currents to stimulate the muscles and relieve pain in a given area. This form of therapy involves low-voltage electrical currents administered through electrodes (electrical pads) that are connected to a portable, battery-operated TENS unit. The electrodes are attached to the skin of a patient near or on the area requiring pain relief, and then administer a mild electrical current that travels through the nerve fibers.
Treatment with TENS is often administered as a steady flow of electricity or in sudden burst depending on each individual’s condition.
Once an experienced professional has shown an individual the correct way of using a TENS unit, he or she can go home and self-administer TENS treatment. This method is easy and safe to use when performed properly.
The benefits of TENS Include:
- Drug-Free Alternative to Pain relief
- At-Home Self-Administration
- Portable Treatment
- Can Be Pleasant Stimulation for Some
How can TENS work for patients with TMD?
Patients suffering from TMD have difficulty performing normal activities involving jaw muscles, such as speaking, eating, and even smiling in some cases. When the muscles controlling the jaw have been overstimulated as a result of overnight grinding, constant clenching, or jaw misalignment, they become sore and can cause significant discomfort when exerted once more. The electrical therapy used by TENS mildly stimulates the muscles in order to provide a relaxing effect. The treatment can be used anywhere between one to three times a day.
Find out more about addressing TMJ dysfunction and other complications related to the jaw and its alignment by visiting Copperfield Crossing Dental in Houston. Schedule a consultation with Drs. Brian Ellis and Erica Torok, and receive a comprehensive plan to address any TMJ dysfunction you may be experiencing.