Hotta PT, Hotta TH, Bataglion C, Bataglion SA, de Souza Coronatto EA, SiÃ©ssere S, Regalo SC.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2010 Aug;16(3):158-60. Epub 2010 Jan 27.
PMID: 20621277 [PubMed – in process]
The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of low level laser applied to acupuncture points of patients diagnosed with temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD).
Ten patients aged between 20 and 50 years were clinically examined with regard to pain and dysfunction of the masticatory system. They received laser applications (GaAlAs diode laser, 780 nm wavelength; 70 mW power output, 35 j/cm(2)) in acupuncture specific points (Ig4, C3, E6, E7) once a week, for ten sessions. The range of jaw movement was registered after each session and visual analogue scale (VAS) was applied. Results were analyzed (SPSS-15.0-Chicago) during the comparison, before and after treatment. Statistical tests showed significant improvements (p < 0.01) in painful symptoms and electromyographic activities of masseter muscles in maximal habitual occlusion after laser applications but no significant improvements (p = 0.05) in measurements of mandibular movements.
The laser therapy in specific acupuncture points promoted improvement of symptoms and it may be used as complementary therapy for TMD.