Acupressure is a form of alternative medicine that involves applying pressure to specific points on the body to relieve pain and other symptoms. There is limited scientific evidence to support the use of acupressure for teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. However, some people may find relief from their symptoms by applying pressure to certain acupressure points.
One acupressure point that may be helpful for relieving teeth grinding is called “Baihui,” which is located on the top of the head. To locate this point, imagine a line running from the top of each ear to the crown of the head. Baihui is located at the point where this line intersects the top of the head. To apply pressure to this point, you can use your finger or a small object, such as a pencil eraser or the end of a wooden spoon. Gently press on the point for several seconds, then release and repeat as needed.
Other acupressure points that may be helpful for relieving teeth grinding include:
- Yintang: Located between the eyebrows, this point is often used to relieve stress and tension.
- Neiguan: Located on the inside of the wrist, about two inches above the crease, this point is often used to regulate the digestive system and relieve stress.
- Zusanli: Located on the lower leg, about four finger widths below the kneecap, this point is often used to regulate the digestive system and relieve stress.
It is important to note that acupressure is not a substitute for medical treatment and should not be used in place of conventional care for teeth grinding or other medical conditions. If you are experiencing teeth grinding or other dental problems, it is important to consult with a dental professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.