Tooth pain and dental pain are painful conditions that often respond well to integrative therapies. Different therapeutic modalities are like different languages that your body speaks – the key is to find the right language (or combination of languages) that your body will listen to. At Stepping Stone Acupuncture & Wellness, we offer many services that can benefit patients suffering from dental pain, either as stand-alone therapies or in combination with one another. When it comes to holistic medicine, we find that the whole is often greater than the sum of the parts.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on manual therapy technique. The craniosacral system extends from the head (cranium) to the sacrum and includes the central nervous system. A craniosacral therapist can feel and rebalance the rhythm of cerebrospinal fluid flow, which covers your bones, joints, and sutures. Craniosacral Therapy seeks to reset the nervous system, which operates on high alert when you are in a state of pain. It can reduce tension held in the body’s membranes, as well as calm activated nerve fibers in the face, jaw, and mouth. Many patients find Craniosacral Therapy to be a very relaxing experience. It is an excellent treatment for dental pain, and also a helpful therapy to receive before or after a dental procedure.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of single-use, sterile, solid needles into specific acupuncture points on the body to reduce tension and pain, overcome disease, and rebalance the body. Your acupuncturist will work with you to determine the underlying cause of your dental from a Chinese Medicine perspective – in an acupuncture understanding of the body, each tooth corresponds to a particular organ system. Additional Chinese Medicine methods such as facial cupping and ear acupressure may be included in acupuncture sessions, when appropriate. Acupuncture can interrupt the pain response, reduce jaw tension, and change how the nervous system perceives and responds to dental pain.
Reflexology is a therapeutic treatment in which pressure is applied to particular points and regions of the foot to affect change in the whole body. Reflex points on the feet correspond to different organs and body systems, and by stimulating these points the practitioner can create positive change in a particular system and bring the body back into balance. A trained reflexologist can pinpoint areas of tension or imbalance on the feet to treat pain in the upper or lower jaw and teeth, as well as reset the nervous system and its response to pain.