[Clinical observation of acupuncture and massage therapy for temporomandibular joint disorders].

Author: Bu LX, Chen T, Chen X, Jing H, Li NY.
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Affiliated Hospital of Medical College, Qingdao University.Qingdao 266003,Shandong Province,China.E-mail:blx9523@163.com.
Conference/Journal: Shanghai Kou Qiang Yi Xue.
Date published: 2011 Jun
Other: Volume ID: 20 , Issue ID: 3 , Pages: 292-5 , Special Notes: [Article in Chinese] , Word Count: 197

To explore simple and effective treatment method for temporomandibular joint disorders by investigating 96 temporomandibular joint disorder patients using electroacupuncture pulse stimulation and massage therapy.

Ninety-six patients with temporomandibular joint disorder including 54 patients with myofacial pain and 42 patients with external pterygoid muscle spasm, were invloved and then divided into electroacupuncture group and massage combined with electroacupuncture group equally and randomly, with 48 cases in each group. Patients in the electroacupuncture group only received electroacupuncture pulse stimulation therapy alone at the acupoints in the affected sides, including Shangguan, Xiaguan, Jiache, Tinggong and Hegu acupoint. Patients in the massage combined with electroacupuncture group underwent both electroacupuncture pulse stimulation and massage therapy. Acupoints stimulated in the two groups were same. The therapeutic effect in the two groups was compared using SPSS11.0 software package.

The therapeutic effect of massage combined with electroacupuncture pulse stimulation therapy was more effective than electroacupuncture pulse stimulation therapy alone, especially for the patients at early stage of myofacial pain.

Electroacupuncture pulse stimulation combined with massage therapy has a good therapeutic effect on early temporomandibular joint disorders. Supported by Medical Health Program of Shandong Province(2001CAICBB2) and Science and Technology Program of Qingdao City(2001-49).

PMID: 21779740