Orofacial Pain

With over six years of experience working at UNC Dental Faculty Practice in Chapel Hill, Michelle has seen patients with trigeminal neuralgia, temporomandibular joint disorder, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, and iatrogenic orofacial pain as a result of dental surgery or procedure.

Acupuncture can be quite effective in reducing and sometimes may even resolve the pain of an acute or chronic nature. Very thin needles designed specifically for the face are employed to reduce pain.

Other measures to speed up the healing of tissues may include cupping, moxibustion, massage, and electrical stimulation.

Neurology & Acupuncture for Orofacial and Craniofacial Pain Syndromes

I have spent many years treating pain in the face and head, which has led me to delve into many facets to expand upon my knowledge base including structural and postural considerations, auricular (ear) acupressure/acupuncture strategies, and emotional stress. This post focuses on yet another tack – neurological correlations for chronic pain. The upper neck…

How Acupuncture Affects Neuropathy of Trigeminal Neuralgia

Neuropathic pain from TN is caused by damage or obstruction of one or more branches of the trigeminal nerve. Acupuncture is effective in many cases because of its ability to modulate the perception of pain along nerve pathways (Robinson, 2016). There is an acceptance being granted in the field of neuroscience towards acupuncture as more…

Case Example of Trigeminal Neuralgia

Acupuncture has been recognized by the National Institute of Health to be effective as a stand-alone or adjunctive treatment modality for patients with various types of pain.  One of the worst types of pain involves the head, jaw, and face. how does acupuncture help relieve trigeminal neuralgia TN is a neuropathic type of pain that…