The use of cupping by therapists is on the rise in the United States. It has become increasing popular in Western cultures due to athletes, such as Michael Phelps, who has been seen with the distinctive circular marks that accompany it. Chinese and Middle Eastern countries have used cupping therapy for thousands of years as a way to relieve pain, increase circulation, and aid in relaxation.
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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge joint that is found just in front of your ears. It is meant to provide motion as the jaw opens and closes but it also allows for front to back and side to side motion. Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) can result from soft tissue restriction or imbalance. Although possible, jaw pain is rarely an issue resulting from the joint itself. Jaw pain symptoms commonly present without a history of an accident or injury. Instead, repetitive motion and overuse can be the underlying cause. TMD symptoms can include jaw pain, ear pain, facial pain, neck pain, and headaches to name a few.
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