The main concern in our treatment of our patients with TMD/TMJ issues is the relief of their symptoms. Treatment needs to include therapies that can relax the jaw by a gentle massage of the muscles. ULF-TENS is a daily treatment modality used by the Massa Dental Center. ULF-TENS means ultra-low frequency transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation.
Just think rhythmic pulses to relax muscles by increasing blood flow and oxygen to those muscles, and causing the release of waste products, like lactic acid, that have been trapped in constricted and shortened muscles. ULF-TENS use helps the neuromuscular dentist, like Dr. Massa, find the jaws optimal position, rest position and therefore the optimal bite position.
While traditional dentistry evaluates primarily the teeth and gums, Massa Dental will evaluate the interaction between the hard (teeth/bone) and soft tissues (muscles, fascia, and ligaments). We want to help our patients achieve a harmonious balance between the muscles, bone, teeth and posture to provide an avenue to healing and lasting pain relief. The use of ULF-TENS is paramount to this philosophy.
The therapy is non-invasive and does not involve the unwanted side effects that come with medication or more invasive treatments. Certain tens units just act to contract muscles; this is not the goal with ULF-TENS but rather to cause muscle relaxation.