TENS pad placement against bruxism
How a TENS machine can help you with bruxism
Bruxism is the term for teeth grinding. Mostly during sleep, but also during the day we grind with the teeth. It often takes place without us realising it and is often caused by stress, but there are many different causes. In most cases the consequences are jaw pain, but teeth grinding can have consequences for the whole body, for example back pain or headache. The diagnosis should be given by a doctor, who can create an individual treatment concept. To avoid teeth grinding, occlusal splints were manufactured and should be worn during the sleep. To relieve the consequential pain, painkillers were prescribed pretty often. Because of the side effects, medication should not be the long-term solution. With a TENS machine, like the STIM-PRO X9, you can not only alleviate almost all types of pain, you can also relax and massage your jaw muscles.
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The correct TENS electrode pad placement against bruxism
Because teeth grinding can cause pain in different areas of the body and also can damage the tooth substance, you can use our TENS EMS combo machine STIM-PRO X9 to relax the jaw muscles in a targeted way. You can place the pads on the cheeks as shown in the picture. We recommend you to use our round electrode pads with a diameter of 3,2 cm.
You may not place electrode pads on your face, if you have tooth crowns, dental implants or open wounds!
Program recommendation for a facial massage against bruxism
For TENS EMS machines from axion, we recommend the following programs for facial massage.
TENS EMS Combo Machine STIM-PRO X9
The programs P31 or P32 are generally used here.
To the device: TENS EMS Combo Machine STIM-PRO X9
Start the TENS massage slowly and increase the intensity step by step. The massage should feel good and without pain. If the intensity is chosen too high, your muscles will contract and train.
What are the causes of bruxism?
There are many causes for bruxism. Stress, like everyday problems or emotional disbalance, is seen as one main reason for bruxism. It is supposed that over 50 percent grind their teeth temporarily, at least 20 percent permanently. Physical factors like jaw or tooth misalignment or wrong posture at work (e.g. in front of a screen) could also trigger bruxism.
To cure bruxism you have to find the exact cause of this disease and treat that in a targeted way. In everyday life this is often a complex and long process. Stress often can’t be reduced or eliminated in the short-term. Because of that, at least a pain relief of the consequential pain of bruxism is a great help. TENS is an ideal and alternative method for pain relief without medication. Through the compact dimensions and the various electrode pads you can alleviate pain in almost all areas of the body. TENS has no side effects, when it is applied correctly.
Relieve pain due to bruxism
Due to the neural and muscular structures, our masticatory system is connected with the whole body. That is the reason that bruxism can cause pain in different body parts. Affected persons often complain about chronic headache, migraine or back pain. TENS treatment can help you to alleviate the pain without medication.
In stimulation current therapy, electrical impulses are transmitted to the skin with the help of the TENS machine via electrode pads. There are two effects of pain relief with TENS. With high frequency, the transmission of the pain to your brain can be blocked, so you won’t perceive the pain. With low frequency, a TENS machine stimulates your body externally to release endorphins and as a result relieve your pain. TENS also increases blood flow. You can find the ideal application for your requirements in our TENS application overview.
Combination of TENS and heat therapy
You can enhance the effect of your TENS treatment against bruxism with heat therapy. Heat therapy promotes blood circulation and loosens the muscles. The use of heat is particularly suitable for muscular tension.
Moor heat pack: Due to the filling of natural moor, these heat pads can store the heat longer and release it more evenly than other heat pads, e.g. cherry pit pads.
Hot water bottle: The hot water bottle is a classic in heat therapy that stands out due to its easy application. You only have to fill in warm water. The hot water bottles are also available with a variety of different covers.
Relaxation exercises against stress
We often grind our teeth without realising it, especially during sleep. Particularly in the night we grind with our teeth. A dentist can manufacture an occlusal splint to reduce the negative effects. Relaxation exercises can also help you to get to sleep and sleep through. It may also help to reduce the grinding of your teeth. We want to show you an exercise, which can relax your facial muscles before going to bed.
Relaxation of the facial muscles:
- Squint, raise your eye-brows, turn your nose, press your tongue against your palate and lightly bite your teeth together
- Hold the tension for about 15 to 20 seconds and relax
- Repeat the exercise if necessary until you feel relaxed
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Studies and scientific sources
 Ortu, E., Pietropaoli, D., Mazzei, G., Cattaneo, R., Giannoni, M., & Monaco, A. (2015). TENS effects on salivary stress markers: A pilot study. International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, 114–118. https://doi.org/10.1177/0394632015572072
 Cramp, Gilsenan, Lowe & Walsh. (2000). The effect of high- and low-frequency transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation upon cutaneous blood flow and skin temperature in healthy subjects. Clinical Physiology, 20(2), 150–157. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2281.2000.00240.x