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Can TMJ Make My Stomach Hurt?

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is located at the intersection of three major energy meridians relating to the stomach, endocrine system and small intestine. It is possible that stomach problems may arise directly or indirectly from TMJ disorders (TMD).

TMJ disorders affect six main energy meridians as they travel near or through the jaw. These meridians are the stomach, small intestine, adrenal gland, gall bladder, large intestine and bladder...You might notice that when you are stressed, you have trouble digesting food properly. One of the reasons is because your jaw is tensed or locked due to tension and stress." -TMJ and Digestion Problems – Is There a Link?

Sometimes stomach pain arises from worrying about having TMD, or as a result of a TMJ headache. While other times the stomach pain is a result of having to lay on your back because of the pain associated with lying on your side. Consult a doctor to be sure.

Both doctors and dentists have pain medicine they may prescribe you if needed while they continue to treat the underlying TMJ problems. Dr. Reese uses a variety of treatments from Electronic Acupuncture to mouthguards to help your jaw relax at night.

Dr. Reese has alternative treatments such as ETPS, but may still need to work with physical therapists, and chiropractors in addition to using different drug therapies in addition to the use of splints."

How can Dr. Reese help you with TMJ therapy in Indianapolis today? Call 317-882-0228 to setup an evaluation by an experienced TMJ disorder dentist.