Drs Martin & Sue Allbright

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We would like to share with you our personal view, beliefs and approach about the research that is presented on these pages.

We both value the research of modern science and the many developments that have been discovered.

We also value the depth of wisdom and knowledge of traditional and classical five element acupuncture, which integrates the many aspects of body and mind.

We acknowledge the information gained from research, and we endevaour to use it where appropriate when meeting the needs of an individual who is suffering in health.

We hope later to share more information on the five elements of acupuncture.


Classical Acupuncture

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Bruxism Teeth Clenching Temporomandibular pain

(See also Temporomandibular Disorders)

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Effects of myofascial trigger point dry needling (DN) in patients with sleep bruxism (SB) and temporomandibular disorders (TMD): a prospective case series

‘Conclusions Deep DN of active Myofascial trigger points in the masseter and temporalis in patients with myofascial TMD and SB was associated with immediate and 1-week improvements in pain, sensitivity, jaw opening and TMD-related disability.’


One session of deep DN was performed in both the

masseter and temporalis muscles. First, each patient

was asked to lie in a supine position and rotate their

neck in the direction contralateral to the affected side.

MTrP DN was performed with a solid stainless steel

filament needle (0.16×25 mm; Suzhou Huanqiu

Acupuncture Medical Appliance, Xiangcheng District, Suzhou, China). The DN procedure was based on the needling method described by Hong in which the muscle was repeatedly perforated by rapidly inserting, then partially withdrawing, the needle in and out of the MTrP, eliciting Local Twitch Response (LTR)s with some insertions. This procedure continued until no more LTRs were elicited. All subjects had LTRs elicited during needling. The depth of penetration of the needle varied between subjects but was approximately 15–25 mm. Following removal of the needle, the area was compressed firmly with a cotton swab for 1 min.’

Blasco-Bonora PM, Martín-Pintado-Zugasti A (2016) Effects of myofascial trigger point dry needling in patients with sleep bruxism and temporomandibular disorders: a prospective case series . Acupuncture in Medicine 2017;35:69-74


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