Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into the body. Generally, these will be into the head and neck area (masticatory musles mainly). These needles are stimulated by hand. The treatment session is generally 15 – 25 minutes long.
For some patients, the insertion of the needles can be painful, but many say it is uncomfortable without being painful. In most cases there is virtually no sensation or even patients report that a feeling of general relaxation is experienced. Research supports the effectiveness of trigger point acupuncture for pain relief and so it can be a comprehensive treatment for temporomandibular disorders (TMD).