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Do tens machines work particularly well for tmj?

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Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Tens units "confuse" the brain in the perception of pain signals.
Tens may or may not be helpful for many pain conditions but not for any particular painful condition.

In brief: No

Tens units "confuse" the brain in the perception of pain signals.
Tens may or may not be helpful for many pain conditions but not for any particular painful condition.
Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: Recommended

Most studies reveal that it takes about 30 minutes for low-frequency TENS treatment to begin alleviating pain.
Some patients report feeling hours of pain relief from 60-to-90 minute sessions. Best of luck.

In brief: Recommended

Most studies reveal that it takes about 30 minutes for low-frequency TENS treatment to begin alleviating pain.
Some patients report feeling hours of pain relief from 60-to-90 minute sessions. Best of luck.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: One adjunct

Not a first line treatment.
But non-invasive. No downside. Most important thing is that your case is managed by a TMJ expert.

In brief: One adjunct

Not a first line treatment.
But non-invasive. No downside. Most important thing is that your case is managed by a TMJ expert.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Andrew Killgore
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: TENS and TMJ

When used at low frequency a tens unit can be used to provide pain relief and promote the muscles around the TMJ to relax.
You may find relief of some of your symptoms but you should select an experienced practitioner to pursue a diagnosis.

In brief: TENS and TMJ

When used at low frequency a tens unit can be used to provide pain relief and promote the muscles around the TMJ to relax.
You may find relief of some of your symptoms but you should select an experienced practitioner to pursue a diagnosis.
Dr. Andrew Killgore
Dr. Andrew Killgore
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry

In brief: Yes, and no

A specific type, ultra low frequency tens is useful in relaxing the chewing muscles that are involved in TMJ conditions.
However, without supporting the jaw in that relaxed position with a dental bite appliance (orthosis), the muscles go back to their painful condition quickly. So, as an isolated treatment, even ulf-tens has limited value. As an aid to bite management, it's very helpful.

In brief: Yes, and no

A specific type, ultra low frequency tens is useful in relaxing the chewing muscles that are involved in TMJ conditions.
However, without supporting the jaw in that relaxed position with a dental bite appliance (orthosis), the muscles go back to their painful condition quickly. So, as an isolated treatment, even ulf-tens has limited value. As an aid to bite management, it's very helpful.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dr. Gary Lederman
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