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Posted - 05/30/2003 :  02:00:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
From: Ghost Dog (Original Message) Sent: 5/13/2000 7:28 PM

Hello, all. I’m wondering if anyone here has any insight into the use of hypnotherapy as a treatment for TMJ disorders, in particular, nighttime clenching.

I have had success with an NTI device, and while I understand that hypnotherapy is used for pain management, I am interested in it as a means to stop the clenching, period. It is seemingly uncontrollable muscular parafunction that causes a great deal of problems, including migraines and other headaches, tinnitus – the list goes on.

Of course, the root cause of clenching is tough to nail: Is it stress? If so, why does the clenching remain long after the stress is gone? Muscle memory? Or is the stress never really gone? How would hypnotherapy approach such questions?

In my case, I have dealt with clenching all my life, but in episodes attributable directly to this or that bad situation. Bad stuff dissipates, headaches gone. But what’s really set me off is a car accident, a rollover, in 1998. Didn’t seem so bad at the time; kept an even head about it. No injuries, no harm. (Thank goodness for seatbelts!) Since then I’ve been clenching every night and show no signs of stopping. Car accidents are of course a major catalyst for TMJ disorders, so this should be no surprise.

Anyway, any help or ideas are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your time.



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Posted - 05/30/2003 :  02:01:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
From: somno Sent: 5/14/2000 11:00 PM

Hello Ghost Dog,

It appears to me that you need to be regressed back to that accident to clear any residual fears and traumas you may still have.This would be done while mentally observing from a safe place, say a movie screen. This may show that it is in the past and cannot harm you now and you've learned from the experience. Also for clear memory this should be done in the state of hypnosis by a competent Hypnotherapist with a Psycological degree.


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Posted - 05/30/2003 :  02:01:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
From: Ghost Dog Sent: 5/15/2000 10:19 AM

Thanks, SOMNO. You know what? I think I could stand to be regressed to a lot of things! :^)

My concern is that nighttime clenching seems to be so unrelated to the mind. Seems it's strictly a muscle/CNS thing. I think this because long after the stress is gone – I think I've processed that accident completely – the clenching remains. Weird. More going on there, I suppose.

So can you (or anyone) explain the mind-body connection? And what if clenching is purely the result of the muscles just being jarred and bumped around during an accident, rather than emotional trauma? Can hypnosis still help?

I apologize for asking so many questions. I do truly appreciate your thoughtful responses.

Ghost Dog

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Posted - 05/30/2003 :  02:01:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
From: Ghost Dog Sent: 5/15/2000 10:23 AM

One other quick question: What's the difference between hypnotherapy and hypnosis. What would be more beneficial for TMJ disorders?


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Posted - 05/30/2003 :  02:01:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
From: Lindsay Sent: 5/31/2000 3:58 PM

It is a "letting go" issue I think. I haven't got time at the moment but I'd like to try to give you some useful suggestions as well as a couple of examples that worked. You could start with relaxation exercises, massage, even just stroking around your temples & jaw hinge whenever you want to or feel the need to & especially before sleep ..warm hands! Acupuncture may be a useful thing to try too.
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Posted - 05/30/2003 :  02:02:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
From: Dolce Sent: 1/7/2001 9:44 AM

Hi. I thought I'd reply to you as I am currently suffering from TMJ.

My problem has gone on for so long that I probably will never fully recover.

I am currently using a night time splint which is stoping the clenching and grining of the teeth and is supposed to helf re-align my jaw. I find that the splint is really helping me. Ask your dentist if about splints.

I am also a hypnotherapy practitioner and the best advice as a sufferer of TMJ would be when your jaw is uncomfortable to place your tongue inbetween your teeth and try to relax the jaw. It has helped me considerably.

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Posted - 05/30/2003 :  02:02:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
From: Lindsay Sent: 2/19/2001 3:10 AM

The TAIYANG ACUPUNCTURE POINT is over the jaw hinge. It is an important point for the treatment of facial pain & facial problems. Hold your fingertips over the spots, move your jaw a little to find the exact spot. If you press & massage those points you should get some relief. You could ask a member of your family WARM HANDS please.. to massage there or you could find a Chinese Acupuncturist preferably, or an Acupuncturist who has trained & worked in China to help you. I am quite specfic about this as all sorts of people have done weekend courses & claim to be qualified. Most have a very limited knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine. If you are afraid of needles ask to have Electro-Acupuncture or laser which involves having a probe held over the points & the skin is not pierced. The needles are tiny & seldom hurt. Expect to feel a tingling a bit like an electric shock.
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Posted - 06/03/2006 :  12:07:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
25 years ago I went to a TMJ specialist. One of the pioneers in TMJ treatment. He said the I clinched my teeth and I needed braces, but before braces I must have hypnosis. Without hypnosis braces were a waste of time and money. He sent me to a good doctor that does hypnosis and I was given the suggestion that if I started clinching at night (when the damage occurs) that I would wake up. It worked and has worked ever since. He used a basic relaxing technique and then gave me this suggestion. Without hypnosis tmj from clinching is untreatable unless one finds a way to stop the clinching. Hypnosis is the only think I know of and have personal successful experience with. The only suggestion necessary is one to wake up when clinching starts. Going back to find the source of the stress is fine, but should be a seperate hypnosis session. Sam
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Posted - 04/16/2008 :  12:30:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
this is a very interesting board. i've tried hypnosis for my tmj pain but it never really helped me out. I found that meditation worked a lot better for me in the long run. I use a product I found online called the Face Caddy as I meditate, and it really helps me to ease my pain. The Face Caddy is a velcro sling that goes around my head and lets me apply heat to my face hands free...it's a great tool to use in meditation or just in everyday life.
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