TMJ Pain

Discover relief from TMJ pain through the profound practices of traditional Chinese medicine at Acupuncture & Wellness Center, P.S., located outside Seattle, WA.

Understanding TMJ Pain

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) pain, commonly referred to as TMJ syndrome or TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), pertains to pain and compromised movement in the jaw and surrounding muscles. The TMJ connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull, which are located in front of each ear. It ensures the smooth movement of the jaw, enabling actions like chewing, talking, and yawning. Various factors can lead to TMJ disorders, including jaw injury, arthritis, dental procedures, genetics, grinding or clenching of teeth, infections, and even certain habits like nail-biting. TMJ pain can manifest as aching facial pain, difficulty or discomfort while chewing, joint locking, and even ear pain or headaches.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), TMJ pain is viewed as a stagnation or blockage of Qi (life force energy) in the meridians that pass through the jaw area. This stagnation can be a result of both physical factors, like trauma to the jaw, and emotional factors, such as stress or anxiety. Over time, unresolved Qi stagnation can lead to what TCM describes as “heat” or “dampness,” further exacerbating the condition. To alleviate TMJ pain, TCM focuses on clearing these blockages, harmonizing the energy flow, and addressing any underlying systemic imbalances contributing to the disorder.

Common Symptoms of TMJ:

One of the most telling symptoms of TMJ disorders is a persistent pain or tenderness in the jaw. This discomfort can be localized to one side or may affect both sides simultaneously. The pain often intensifies when chewing or speaking, and can sometimes be accompanied by a burning or aching sensation, making everyday activities like eating or talking challenging and uncomfortable.

Individuals with TMJ disorders frequently experience difficulty when chewing food. The act of moving the jaw can lead to pain or a sensation of the jaw “catching” or “locking.” As a result, many people find themselves favoring one side when eating or avoiding certain foods that require extensive chewing, such as steak or hard vegetables.

A common symptom that many TMJ sufferers report is a distinct clicking or popping sound when opening or closing the mouth. This sound is often accompanied by a sensation of the jawbone “snapping” into place. In some cases, the noise can be loud enough for others to hear. Although not always painful, the persistent clicking can be a source of annoyance or concern.

Ear pain or tinnitus (ringing in the ears) can sometimes be associated with TMJ disorders. While the ear itself might not necessarily be affected, the proximity of the temporomandibular joint to the ears means that inflammation or dysfunction in the joint can manifest as ear-related symptoms. Individuals might find that their ears feel “full” or experience a kind of echoing sensation.

Traditional Chinese Medicine for TMJ Pain

TMJ Pain has been understood and treated for decades within the framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Here’s why we at Acupuncture & Wellness Center near Seattle, WA encourage people to with digestive disorders to turn to Traditional Chinese Medicine:

  • Pain relief
  • relaxed muscles
  • natural remedies
  • holistic approach
Alan Herold
October 23, 2019

Fabulous experience. Exceptional, highly trained, devoted staff.

Sharon Melton
May 25, 2018

if u have issues that regular medicine hasn't helped, try Chinese really works...

Michael Greer
February 16, 2019

The Best. I've never felt or looked better!

September 19, 2019

Huge improvement in symptoms after just a few weeks of prescribed herbs and diet! Staff is a pleasure to work with. Looking forward to continued progress and treatment, thanks guys!

Steve Hogg
April 13, 2019

Been a patient of the clinic for over six years and they have taken great care of me. My only criticism is wait times some days. Yesterday it was 25 minutes for a 5 minute consult!

Maria Jaimes
August 4, 2020

Great people, great place to treat your health problems.

Denise Simpson
November 19, 2020

I’ve been going for over a year and I feel so much better. I’ve been able to get off my blood pressure medicine, have more energy, and sleep better. The staff is very kind and professional.

Carolyn Perez
December 21, 2019

Meeting Bob and his staff gave me a sense of relief, my health has been in a rampage for the last 10 years. Within a week of using the herbal teas I have to say I slept better! My energy level has increased. Still dealing with my issues, but more confident I’m doing baby steps forward for recuperating! I live in Florida, but met the staff during a visit in Seattle. Love talking to his staff and feel confident!

Kyle Baumgartner
June 11, 2019

They are the best at what they do. Hands down.

Health Healy
May 23, 2019

Everyone is amazing. All very caring fantastic people. Helped me more than I can say. Thanks guys!

Sydney Lynn
June 30, 2019

Amazing. That is all.

Destiny Skansie
November 1, 2023

I recently had the privilege of meeting Dr.Doane, who has completely surpassed all my expectations. After countless visits to various doctors, I can confidently say that this individual stands out as a true genius in his field. I am compelled to share my experience and write a review to express my utmost admiration and gratitude for his exceptional expertise and care. From the moment I stepped into his office, it was evident that this doctor possesses an unparalleled level of expertise. His extensive knowledge and understanding of medical science were truly impressive. It was evident that he has dedicated countless hours to perfecting this craft. This doctor's vast knowledge made me feel confident and assured in his abilities but more so gave me great hope! His ability to analyze my symptoms and accurately diagnose my condition was nothing short of extraordinary. -I’m truly grateful he made me believe again.

Marcus Gadau
May 22, 2014

I had the pleasure of graduating from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in China with honors. I went on to complete a PhD program at Hong Kong Baptist University in scientific research in Chinese Medicine. I have traveled throughout China for years researching luminaries in our medicine. I speak Mandarin and because of this I have been able to spend time with some of the most famous Chinese Doctors of Northern China at the time. I can say unequivocally that Bob Doane is one of the very best practitioners I have ever seen. His results are nothing short of miraculous and his methods are a beautiful blend of modern and ancient medicine. The DNA and MPD systems are incredible and are a must for those who want to produce significant clinical results with Traditional Chinese Medicine.

April 13, 2023

Coming from a western medicine point of view I was very skeptical at first. I decided to give it a try only because one of my friends is being treated at the clinic with (to me) incredible results. To see someone’s health turned around the way Bob and Ana were able to do it’s truly marvelous. Since I myself joined about a year ago, my health is also improving considerably and for this, I am very grateful. The staff is very friendly, professional and accommodating and I have no reservations recommending this clinic to my friends and family.

Thomas Bolt
November 23, 2019

This place is a life saver. My Fiance has been going here for several months. Robert and his staff are extremely knowledgeable. They have given us cures where so many just gave us drugs. If you are truly serious about getting better this is the place for you.

Elizabeth Feldman
September 5, 2019

Chinese medicine for the win

Ron Erickson
December 21, 2019

A first class professional organization. Great staff and it’s Chinese medicine practitioners are world renowned. Worth a trip from Seattle or beyond to avail yourself of expert diagnostics and treatment.

Bruce Ward
September 15, 2019

Okay, if your in need of not only feeling better but getting better. You have to make an appointment, for years I've been dealing with many issues, and they actually listen and can set you on the correct path. I'm no longer taking prescription pills or the spray for my allergies,which have subsided greatly. I was on the verge of diabetes and now am below the threshold. My weight has decreased from 260 to 226, and continuing to go down. My acid reflux is just about gone. I'm more alert, focused and able to stay awake through out the day. My high blood pressure is now back in a healthy range, so looking forward to stop taking those pills soon. Cholesterol is getting into a normal range again.

Ron Smith
August 1, 2018

Great people, very Zen

Patrick Brent King
August 11, 2018

I am also an acupuncturist Licensed in California and New York. I was valedictorian of my 2012 class at PCOM NYC. I worked in a busy Chinese Herbal pharmacy in New York City while in school. I have always sought out the best teachers in my profession. I have had the privilege to come to Washington and study with Bob Doane. He is highly respected with in our acupuncture community. Seattle/ Poulsbo is very lucky to have him in their community, but as I was there with Bob I realized that people come from all over the globe to be seem and treated by him. For those of you reading reviews, I highly recommend Bob and AWCPS as he is one of the best in our field. For so many conditions Chinese medicine can truly do miracles as it brings the body back to balance. But if your looking for a quick fix and your unwilling to invest in your health, this may not be the best fit for you.

mario duran
March 25, 2016

When I first went in to the wellness center I had my doubt. I have been going to the VA for over 5 years with no relief from the pain I was in. After 5 weeks I can can walk and even jog a little. I have hope to even start running agian.

TKfamily 96
May 13, 2017

I have a chronic digestive issue and have scar tissue due to abdominal surgeries that was causing pelvic pain. After only one acupuncture treatment and two doses of herbs, my pain is gone and my elimination is normal again. I'm very excited to continue treatment over the next few months. And I like Bob! He doesn't beat around the bush and really knows his stuff. We have lived in different places and I have been to many practitioners and he really is the best.

Charlene Moore
December 16, 2018

This place is amazing. I have several serious illnesses that doctors were overmedication. Got on their herb and diet program and seriously I have felt this good in years. The best!

Lona Garner
April 16, 2019

Wow! Believe them!

Thomas Reinhardt
October 5, 2019

Perfectly friendly and professional atmosphere. All of the staff are interested in creating a lasting relationship.

Nordic American
August 19, 2021

The Wellness Center has literally changed my life for the better. I was taking prescription medications for a form of RA and with the expertise of Robert Doane and staff, I no longer have any symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and have completely eliminated two of three medications. I am absolutely thrilled and thankful. I highly recommend The Wellness Center.

Diana Fu
November 26, 2014

I have been going to the Acupuncture and wellness clinic for almost a year now. I have had chronic neck and shoulder pain for years. I think it all started from a car accident and long term use of the computer doesn't help either. I have had acupuncture since 2008 first in Maryland and then in San Diego before I moved here. I found the acupuncture and wellness clinic on a groupon and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Previous acupuncture clinic only were able to make my pain go away temporarily and I had to come back regularly to manage my pain. But this clinic approached my pain differently, they attack it. And they were able to make my pain essentially go away. My neck and shoulder pain is about 90 to 95% better even with strenuous activity such as weeding my yard. I barely remember what my old pain felt like. I recently returned from a 2 week trip with little increase in pain and discomfort. Whenever I used to travel, I tended to have increase in pain in my neck, shoulder and arm due to lifting luggage and bad posture. But not this time!! I have never had this kind of results with any other treatment in the past. I am going to keep going to get acupuncture as a maintenance so my pain doesn't come back. But the result speak for itself, I never thought I could feel this good again. I also tried the herbs and the new way of eating that the clinic taught me and I have never had more energy. Now I can see 30% more patients (I am also a neurologist) than I had before. I no longer feel like I need to go home and take a nap at the end of the day, which I used to do alot. So there is more time to participate in activities at the end of the day, which my family appreciates as well. Wish I can tell all my patients to try this and get the benefit. Being a western doctor, I am pretty impressed by the results that this clinic produces. I am so grateful for all I able to do now. Again I can't believe the amount of relief I have and how "normal" I feel.

Kim Toy
May 22, 2019

Dr. Doane and Dr. King are both very attentive listeners, very knowledgeable in their field, and skilled experts at Accupuncture. I have not worked with Dr. Lee, but she is always very friendly and pleasant when I see her. The main reason for trying the Acupuncture & Wellness Center is for my allergies. I am affected by 67 medically confirmed allergy groups, both environmental and food. For me, side effects of western medications are worse than my allergy symptoms. Taking one dose of “medicine” usually results in continuous slow nose bleeds for 2 days, or stomach cramps for 18 hours. Dr. Doane was honest with me up front, he would do all he could, but it would take several months to first reduce my symptoms and then strengthen my system against allergic reactions. This option was much more interesting to me than 2 years of bi-weekly allergy shots that would be still leave 20% of the allergies unaffected. The specialist himself recommended not doing the treatment because the end result would be the same: avoid crowds and avoid outdoors—year round—and wear a mask when I do. (Which I already do.) After two months, I have gone from 80%-100% congested throughout the day, to 0%-20% congested throughout the day. My acute reactions have lessened, and recovery time from an accurate reaction has decreased by about 30%. I am very pleased with my results so far. We are now moving to phase two and I am excited to see what happens.

Yoko Soso
April 7, 2023

Bob Doane and his clinic changed my life. I was struggling with my health for years and tried just about everything under the sun until I finally found the acupuncture and wellness center. I would give them 10 stars if that was possible. I strongly recommend this clinic.

Teresa Summers
April 12, 2018

The very best of every thing healthy.

June 9, 2023

For any students or practitioners of Chinese medicine who are looking to learn a method that truly works and to avoid years of painstaking trial and error, look no further. I have had the sincere pleasure of shadowing the Doanes for the past year as their resident acupuncturist and it has been a real game changer and major confidence booster - It has been the mentorship experience I was always hoping for! Most students upon graduating get overwhelmed and lost in the weeds with diagnosis and treatment, but the approach at their wellness center is logical, scientifically based, highly effective, and founded on almost 30 years of clinical experience. I cannot speak highly enough of Bob and Anne Doane - they are exceptional teachers, highly knowledgeable and experienced practitioners, deeply compassionate healers, and wonderful family people. Every day I feel SO grateful to be a part of such an amazing practice at a clinic that really feels like “family.” No where else can a new practitioner see upwards of 25 patients a day - a volume that really lends itself to invaluable learning experience. I also have to mention that I’m a huge fan of the Doane’s teaching website - it’s a treasure trove of knowledge that Bob and Anne have amassed over several years that will really take your practice and skills to the next level. I also have a tremendous amount of respect for the structure, quality, and flow of their practice. Instead of operating as a “band-aid” clinic in which you may see a patient 1-3 times and never know if you actually helped, the Doane’s have created a system in which patients will experience a total or near complete resolution of major and chronic health issues over the course of a few months (typically around 4-6 months) a type of dedication, thoroughness, and follow-through that is unheard of in our medicine. Learning from and practicing with Bob and Anne was the best decision I have made for my budding career - these guys are the real deal!

Bonnie Wallace
August 23, 2023

I've been treated by Dr. Bob Doane off and on for over 25 years. The first few times I went in were for acupuncture because I had lifted something wrong and was unable to turn my head/neck. Within a single session I had 80% of my range back, and had 100% of my range back by the 2nd session. Where I think Bob really shines is with his deep knowledge of Chinese herbs, and with reading pulses. Years ago I went to him with a top MD's working diagnosis of a rare autoimmune disorder (Wegener's granulomatosis) and which the best Seattle pulmonary specialists were unable to help me with. I could not breathe without incredibly sharp lung pain, nor could I get a decently deep breath at all. My quality of life was severely impacted and I felt like I was dying. It was terrifying. Bob did some research and began mixing up herbs. The first batch did nothing. The second batch made all the symptoms worse! But I was desperate so we kept trying different mixes. Bear in mind that this is a rare disorder. On the third try, it was like an actual miracle: I could breathe deeply for the first time in several years, and my pain was completely gone. I cannot tell you how grateful and relieved I felt. But I do feel he saved my life. I can't imagine what might have happened if I had given up after the first or second round of herbs while we worked together to find the right mix. His work is both an art and a science. Over the years I went from having to take that mix of herbs three times a day to be able to breathe/stay pain free, down to twice a day, then once a day, then finally to once a week, then once every few weeks. Herbs have done for me what modern Western medicine could not. (Don't get me wrong, I also believe in Western medicine. They both have their strengths). Decades later, I see Dr. Bob periodically and have the formula updated and tweaked. I'm in great health, and feel strongly that Dr. Bob and his skill, knowledge, and persistence in finding the right herbs to treat my rare disorder have given me my life back. He cares deeply about his patients, and my life and health are a living testimonial to that.

Joe and Luci Patrick
September 29, 2019

When I started here 6months ago I knew my health was very poor. I was way over weight and knew that my heart would be bad and I would have diabetes if I didn't do something soon. I needed medications daily for pain, swelling, acid reflux, restless legs, cramps in all of my muscles including around my heart. I was weak and got short of breath just trying to tie my shoe. In the last six months, I have lost 40lbs and still working, I am off all my medications and doing well, my pain level has gone from a 9/10 most everyday to a 0-1/10 daily. I do not have swelling, and my energy level has climbed back to when I was in my 30's. I am sleeping well and best of all, I am no longer putting chemicals in my body that don't belong there. The people who work here are kind and understanding and were never judgmental, just helpful and encouraging. Its worth every penny I have spent. If you are considering it, try it. Ive never regretted the decision to fully commit

Doug Kotrba
December 21, 2019

Kyleen takes special interest in both of us. Over the past year she has resolved several long term issues for both of us. The bottom line is that our General Health is much better now than a year ago. We are pleased.

Marcia Patty
September 27, 2023

This has been an amazing experience. We new we were at a point with our health that something had to change drastically. Weight loss, energy, less pain, it's amazing. The staff is awesome too.

Nola Burgess
March 2, 2017

Great treatment and therapy; highly recommend for a variety of conditions

Marylou Aaland
December 23, 2019

Your staff is caring, knowledgeable and thoughtful.

Lisa B
March 24, 2017

This place has helped me feel better than I have in years!

Carl Patty
November 16, 2023

Came to get a little pain relief. Almost 3 and a half months in and down 42 pounds. I haven't felt this good in decades. Bob, Anna, Ashley and the rest of the staff are wonderful.

Andrew Layton
August 6, 2019

Great experience, I will use AWC for my primary care. Place is very clean and professional, The staff are knowledgeable and helpful. They were ready for me at appointment time and spent one on one time explaining my medical condition and health challenges in plain easy to understand language. For those who need an alternative or an exit from the conventional western medical system, AWC is a confidence inspiring choice.

Amy Marohl
August 19, 2022

Bob and his staff are wonderful! I had never done acupuncture before prior to my treatment here, mainly because I don’t like needles. The method Bob uses is basically painless. Highly recommend if you’ve never had acupuncture before and are hesitant like I was. As for the herbal medicine, I have been sleeping better, getting stronger, and my anxiety is going away since starting that part of the treatment. The amount of knowledge Bob has is incredible, and I am extremely thankful I found him and the clinic!

Hunt Family
November 26, 2017

Feelong better!

Kathryn Kleber
June 13, 2018

Life changing! Bob has been a great health advisor and I have brought family and staff to maximize our health, our family and our company. Thank you Bob, and the entire staff.

Andrea Smith
August 3, 2019

Wonderful office with knowledgeable staff.

Spencer Thomas
October 24, 2019

Great people, service, and facilities. I enjoy my visits.

January 15, 2023

Excellent care and great staff. I highly recommend them.

jerry bannister
February 23, 2020

Great experience with the staff and appreciate all the explanations on acupuncture and our program we have set up. first time for me, they really do make it easy being driven by their desire to make my life better. Look forward to the next year, Jerry Bannister

Penny & Team
August 13, 2018

Bob saved my life, simply put. About a year ago I went to his acupuncture and wellness clinic in very poor health. I was so Ill I was actually in the process of having my will made out. Since my first visit I have lost over 70 lbs, my heart murmur is gone and the diagnosis of congestive heart failure is no longer on my records. Needless to say this is "The Best Care Ever Received" anywhere in my long life. I now have the energy I had in my thirties; I can now sleep after years of insomnia, and the painful areas around my body are gone or 90% less. In my 70's I am now back to working full time, building a vacation home and enjoying life. It is my guess that this clinic sees +/- 100 patients a day- they are very efficient. Anyone who gives this clinic a chance to work there magic, and go the distance, for at least 90 days will be very pleased with the life changing results. I am living proof.

Brittany M
December 22, 2017

Been going to these guys for years. Kyleen is amazing. I first started coming for nausea issues back in 2015. They got me in the day after calling and were able to provide me with instant relief - my regular GP could not ID my problem and had already racked up $800 worth of tests and could not provide me with any relief. The nausea issue was completely resolved with the clinic after a few months. However during the treatment I was able to continure living my life. Which I was not able to before. Kyleens bedside manner is incredible. I feel like all my issues are addressed immediately and with great care. Bob can come across as rather brash, but he definitely knows his field.

Derek Egge
January 26, 2018

Highly perceptive and compassionate health experts

Henry Van Liew
May 17, 2019

I always have a great experience when dealing with the Acupuncture & Wellness Clinic . They have taken good care of me and help me get healthy .

Judith Frace
August 3, 2019

Receive friendly, personalized care.

Golden Harmony
July 7, 2015

My colleague and I are acupuncturists from California who recently completed one week of clinical rounds and professional shadowing with Dr. Robert Doane and his team at the Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Poulsbo, WA. We spent more than 50hours observing Dr. Doane's unique style of acupuncture, sophisticated method of pulse diagnosis, and effective approach to Chinese herbal medicine, all of which he combines with his extensive knowledge of Western medicine to create scientifically-based treatment programs for his patients. During this time we also participated in appointments with dozens of patients who had experienced 80-100% improvement in their health within just a few months of care from Dr. Doane and his team. To address some of the criticism posted on Yelp, this is not a one-day clinic: the majority of conditions that people seek treatment from Dr. Doane for have developed over years if not decades of life and thus require dedicated time and attention to effectively address. Patients who understand this, and are willing to commit to their own healing process, reap incredible benefits with Dr. Doane, including significant reduction and even resolution of chronic conditions (including allergies, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions, anxiety/depression, severe migraines, chronic pain and others), often in less than 4 months of care. We highly recommend Dr. Doane as both a practitioner and an educator: he has a thorough, well-rounded approach to wellness, unparalleled diagnostic skills and a direct, authentic and caring approach with his patients. He also has one of the most informed and polished approaches to teaching and training that we have experienced. The medical team and staff that work with Dr. Doane are equally amazing: a wonderful group of skilled, professional, friendly, generous and thoughtful people. And the beautiful, state-of-the-art facility feels more like a high-end retreat than a medical clinic. In our opinion, the Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Poulsbo is one of the most efficient and well-organized alternative health care clinics in the United States.

Embark on Your Journey to Relief

Don’t let TMJ pain hold you back any longer. Discover the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine and find the relief you’ve been searching for at Acupuncture & Wellness Center, P.S., outside Seattle, WA. Our team is here to support and guide you every step of the way. With individualized care and a holistic approach, you can embrace a life with reduced symptoms from TMJ pain and heightened well-being.