If there is one thing that aspiring and professional athletes fear most, it is sports injuries. Depending on their severity, injuries can crush an amateur’s dreams of going pro. But not all injuries are fatal or permanent. The more common variety of injuries allow most people to return to peak performance with the right treatment.
You’ve more than likely heard of acupuncture, but you might not have a thorough understanding of just what it is. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, you might want to try professional medical acupuncture, but you’ll want to check with your medical doctor beforehand to see if they think it’s a good idea.
What is the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)?
The TMJ is your jaw joint is and located directly in front of your inner ear, below your temple, and is a part of the body we use many times during the day when we talk, yawn, eat, drink or chew (see diagram). Usually, you are only aware of this joint when it becomes painful.
What is pain? Everyone knows what the sensation of pain is, but its definition is not at all simple. Many of us simply treat pain without bothering with its definition, yet we are convinced that we have excellent results. How can this be explained? The fortunate part of treating pain is that the great majority of patients we treat recover relatively quickly.
In fact, over 90% recover (as defined by elimination of pain) within eight weeks, and it does not seem to matter what