Auriculoterapia associada à placa miorrelaxante no alvo da dor em indivíduos com desordens temporomandibulares - Estudo piloto
Muscular sensitivity is an important clinical sign present in the majority of patients with some type of temporomandibular dys-
function (TMD). The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized auriculotherapy as an efficient therapy for pain relief.
with temporomandibular disorders, comparing the groups with regard to the type of point selection, treatment time and dis-
charge. Fifteen patients, equally divided into 3 groups were analyzed: control, group of pre-selected points and group of energy
syndromes. In all groups, the patients used myorelaxant plates, and in the latter two groups auriculotherapy with ear seeds was
performed. The pain level was measured by a visual analogue scale (VAS). Every week the pain intensities in the three groups
were measured, and all the times of these weekly pain intensity measurements were compared by the Kruskal-Wallis test. When
there were statistically significant differences among the groups, the Mann- Whitney test was used. In addition, treatment time
for discharge in the three groups was described by Kaplan-Meier curves and compared by the log rank test. The results revealed
statistically significant differences (p<0.05) between control group and group of pre-selected points; there were no differences
among the three groups as regards discharge time; the association of auriculotherapy techniques with the myorelaxant plate is
positive when indicated for pain relief.
Keywords: Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome, Pain, Facial Pain, Ear Acupuncture, Occlusal Splint