I have been treating severe headaches, migraines, movement disorders, facial pain, sinus pain for years utilizing Neuromusclar Dentistry. Some Neuromuscular Dentists report helping MS patients as well. This is an article about a London, Dentist who is also treating TMJ problems and associated Neuromuscular conditions. I thought my readers would be interested:
TMJ disorders are called The Great Imposter because of the widespread symptoms they cause. Read “SUFFER NO MORE” on this site as well as Neuromuscular Dentistry (topics on left scroll) or go to www.ihateheadaches.org to learn more about the science of Neuromuscular Dentistry.
Neuromuscular Dentistry seems to offer Miraculous cures to some patients but really it is just removing noxious input to the Trigeminal Nervous system. Freedom from noxious impulses to the central nervous system can lead incredible results. It is important to make sure the problems are coming from postural problems relating to the masticatory system. A Diagnostic Neuromuscular Orthotic is used to begin treatment. Some patients experience incredible and rpid resolution of symptoms while others have a more gradual step by step improvement. Complete vs partial relief of symptoms is part of why adiagnostic orthotic is necessary. Are the TMD problems primary or secondary. Patients with primay TMD disorders also called descending problems often have the best and fastest results while patients who have ascending disorders may only have partial relief. Frequently migraines and tensiontype headaches resolve but neck, shoulder or low back pain increase.
Diagnostic orthotics not only correct Primary Trigeminal problems they also help in diagnosing underlyng conditions. The expression “can’t see the forest for the trees” applies to these patients. When primary symptoms or complaints disappear the patient can now identify initiating factors that also need to be addressed to achieve a healthy homeostasis.
Sleep Apnea is one of those conditions that is both primary and secondary. The NHLBI report “CARDIOVASCULAR AND SLEEP-RELATED CONSEQUENCES OF TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDERS” http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/meetings/workshops/tmj_wksp.pdf is a must read for all patients with chronic pain, sleep apnea, snoring or upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS). Oral appliances can treat the entire range of postural, breathing and neuromuscular problems associated with underlying pathology in jaw position and function.