2. Put a Pin in it
Acupuncture uses thin needles in key points to provide muscle stimulation and pain relief, and the University of Maryland Medical Centre suggests trying it for TMJ symptoms as well. The university says there is strong evidence that supports the effectiveness of acupuncture to relieve jaw pain, and it can be combined with other techniques to boost the benefits.
The university claims that acupuncture can relieve TMJ discomfort for long periods of time, although some experts note that the number of treatments to get results may vary from patient to patient depending on the intensity of the disorder. A 2008 study out of Sweden found that patients who had acupuncture treatment as long as 20-years prior still had less intense TMJ symptoms.