Headaches, Migraines and TMJ Disorders: The Common Developmental Pathways of TMD and Sleep Disorders Result In ADD, ADHD & Behavioral Problems. Successful Treatment And Prevention Must Be Linked.
Treatment of migraines, chronic daily headaches, sleep apnea, fibromyalgia is more successful when you understand the developmental pathways that predispose patients to problems. Solutions are found in Neuromuscular Dentistry and Nasopharyngeal Airway. Highland Park and North Shore residents can find more information at www.thinkbetterlife.com
This blog is a reprint of a recent press release.
ILLINOIS, IL, April 14, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ — TMJ Disorders and Sleep apnea have common developmental pathways. These disorders are also associated with headaches, migraines, ADD, ADHD, Behavioral Disorders as well as postural problems. Dr Ira L Shapira was a featured speaker at the Second International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Understanding the developmental pathways and processes is the key to long-term successful treatment of headaches, migraines, TMJ disorders, TMD, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Disorders, Neck Pain, Cervical and postural dysfunction. Early intervention can prevent or minimize problems with ADD, ADHD in pediatrics. Diagnosis and treatment are the first step in achieving a better quality life.
It is well known and universally accepted that the cause and treatment of Headaches and Migraines almost always involves the Trigeminal Nerves and the oral and dental apparatus. TMJ disorders are referred to as “The Great Imposter” (http://www.sleepandhealth.com/story/suffer-no-more-dealing-great-imposto…) because they frequently get missed in diagnosis by the medical community when dealing with chronic pain. Heache and migraine sufferers frequently go thru years of unnecessary pain and suffering due to the missed diagnosis or lack of understanding of the trigeminal neuromuscular system. An important function of the trigeminal nerve is to control the blood flow to the anterior two thirds of the meninges of the brain, the connection to vascular headaches. It is important to understand that all TMD is not associated with joint pain, noises or locking! Patients with relatively easy to correct problems often suffer because they do not have TM Joint clicking or locking to lead them toward proper Neuromuscular Dental Evaluation.
Many patients with chronic pain have primarily muscle problems due to repetitive strain injuries. These injuries can be caused by bites that are not physiologic, poor posture, bad habits or trauma. Neuromuscular Dentistry (http://www.sleepandhealth.com/neuromuscular-dentistry) is extremely effective in reducing and eliminating headaches and migraines without excessive use of medication. Neuromuscular Dentistry works by eliminating noxious input into the Trigeminal Nervous System. The use of Botox to treat tension headaches, chronic daily headaches and vascular headaches is based on these facts. Correction of the underlying problem is a more effective long term solution to a lifetime of Botulinum toxin.
What is not widely understood is that it is possible to alter these developmental Pathways and to grow healthier children and eliminate or decrease the incidence of ADD and ADHD as well as other behavioral disorders. Understanding how the problems developed is the key to understanding how to treat and eliminate symptoms.
The same pathways in development create patients with chronic sinus problems, middle ear infections sleep apnea, snoring and nasal pharyngeal airway restrictions and children effect their quality of life their entire life. The report “CARDIOVASCULAR AND SLEEP-RELATED CONSEQUENCES OF TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDERS” was published by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH and addresses the long term cosequences of these development processes. A new therapy, the DNA Appliance can actually correct and reverse many of these developmental problems in children and adults.
Dr Shapira recently spoke to Chiropracters at the SOT Research Conference where he presented a paper on Neuromuscular Dentistry and at the SOTO meeting where he discussed Sleep Apnea, TMJ and posture meeting in Atlanta. The same developmental pathways responsible for sleep apnea and TMJD disorders also predispose patients to Chiropractic and spinal issues. Airway is a common key and treatment requires careful attention to the Stomaognathic system by a trained Neuromuscular Dentist. The connections between posture and pain and TMJ disorders are based on the work of Sherrington who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Atlas Orthoganol Chiropracters and NUCCA Chiropracters are acutely aware of close relationship of physiologic bite position with atlas-axis stability. The mandible (lower jaw) serves as a counterbalance for the head and is an essential part of the proprioceptive system.
Dr Shapira is well known in the Sleep Community and is a pioneer in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine. He did research into the jaw position of sleep apnea patients in the 1980’s as a visiting Asst Professor at Rush Medical School Sleep Disorder Center. His early research using a Myotronics Kinesiograph showed that male sleep apnea patients had similar jaw positions as female TMJ patients. Dr Shapira has authored two recent editorials in Cranio Journal, The Journal of CranioMandibular and Sleep Disorders. The most recent is; TMJ Alias, The Great Imposter, Has a Co-Conspirator: Poor Sleep
An earlier editorial was; The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Considers the Cardiac and Sleep Consequences of Temporomandibular Disorders (http://www.maneyonline.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1179/crn.2007.012)
Dr Shapira treats patients with TMJ disorders and sleep disorders in his Gurnee, Il dental office. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. Many patients with severe headaches and migraines can find relief from pain with neuromuscular of masticatory disorders.
A new office dedicated to finding solutions to chronic headaches, migraines, TMJ diorders is opening
in the Highland Park / Lake Forest area at 3500 Western Ave across from the Metra Station at Fort Sheridan for easy access for North Shore TMJ and Sleep patients as well as patients from Chicago.
Dr Shapira is the founder and president of I HATE CPAP.com http://www.ihatecpap.com and I HATE HEADACHES.org http://www.ihateheadaches.org.
To learn more about TMJ disorders in Gurnee visit his website @ http://www.delanydentalcare.com/neuromuscular.html
The website, currently under construction for the Highland Park office is http://www.thinkbetterlife.com This name was chosen to because treatment with neuromuscular dentistry and dental sleep medicine results in a better life, a life free from disabling pain, tiredness and associated problems. The DNA Appliance has been shown to cure sleep apnea in single patient reports and may become the treatment of choice for patients looking for non-surgical cures for sleep apnea and snoring.
To learn more about treatment of Sleep Apnea and Snoring visit http://www.delanydentalcare.com/sleep_apnea.html
The meeting in Buenos Aires also had several other prominent speakers including Dr Barry Cooper from New York who gave an introductory lecture into Neuromuscular Dentistry and presented updated findings on the largest study of signs and symptoms and diagnostic neuromuscular evaluation.
Dr Douglas Chase of California who discussed”Sleep Breathing Disorders Diagnosis and Treatment of Adults and Children”
Dr Prabu Raman who spoke on the “Power of Physiologic Based Dentistry” Neuromuscular Dentistry is considered to be the ultimate in Physiologic positioning and function. In medicine ther is a famous axiom… Form Follows Function”
Dr Konstantin Ronkin who practices in Boston and Moscow gave a lecture “Bioelectric Instrumentation for Evaluation of Masticatory and TMJ Function in patients with Mandibular Defects after Auto-Transplantation of the jaw bone.” Dr Ronkin is the founder of the Russian Section of ICCMO and is given full credit for bringing Neuromuscular and Physiologic Dentistry to Russia and Eastern Europe.
Dr Giampietro Farronato ofItaly presented “Current Guidlines in Orthodontics According to the School of Milan” Dr Roberto Cornalba “Diagnostic Protocols of Neuromuscular Dentistry”
Dr Diana Finkel a medical specialist in pain management and Dr Myriam Carballo a Neuromuscular Orthodontist from Buenos Aires, Argentina presented on “Pain in the CraniomandibularDysfunction Patient.
The Dental School in Buenos Aires is the first school in the world to utilize routinely in all phsses dental education and offers a 2 year post doctoral program in Neuromuscular Dentistry.
The meeting was held at the Military Hospital Conference Center in Buenos Aires which is considered a great honor and the military band performed for meeting.
Dr Ira L Shapira is an author and section editor of Sleep and Health Journal, President of I HATE CPAP LLC, President Dato-TECH, and has a Dental Practice with his partner Dr Mark Amidei. He is a Regent of ICCMO and its representative to the TMD Alliance, He was a founding and certified member of the Sleep Disorder Dental Society which became the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, A founding member of DOSA the Dental Organization for Sleep Apnea. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, A Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management, a graduate of LVI. He is a former assistant professor at Rush Medical School’s Sleep Service where he worked with Dr Rosalind Cartwright who is a founder of Sleep Medicine and Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr Shapira is a consultant to numerous sleep centers and teaches courses in Dental Sleep Medicine in his office to doctors from around the U.S. He is the Founder of I HATE CPAP LLC and http://www.ihatecpap.com Dr Shapira also holds several patents on methods and devices for the prophylactic minimally invasive early removal of wisdom teeth and collection of bone marrow and stem cells. Dr Shapira owns and operates Chicagoland Dental Sleep Medicine Associates. Dr Shapira is a licensed general dentist in Illinois and Wisconsin.