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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Why you want to find the most experienced Neuromuscular Dentist to Treat TMJ, TMD, Headaches and Migraines.

Neuromuscular Dentistry can give incredible relief of headaches, TMJ symptoms migraines and numerous other chronic pain disorders. It is important to chose your Neuromuscular Dentist wisely.

The International College of CranioMandibular Disorders is dedicated to the field of Neuromuscular Dentistry. It was founded by Dr Barney Jankelson the father of Neuromuscular Dentistry and all the great teachers and researchers in the field have supported ICCMO. The ICCMO website is http://www.iccmo.org/

I strongly suggest that you search for an experienced neuromuscular dentist but also a dentist who is well versed in other areas of pain management and treatment. I am a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, and a member of American Academy of Craniofacial pain, The American Equilibration Society and well as a Fellow of ICCMO. I utilize Neuromuscular Dentistry whenever I treat chronic pain but I have learned many valuable techniques from my colleagues in these other groups as well. I know that when I attend the AES meeting later this month many of the top neuromuscular dentists will be in attendance. The AES is primarily comprised of Centric Relation dentists but they tops in their field as well.
While I firmly believe the Neuromuscular approach is ideal many of these practioners have excellent results as well. It is incredibly important that your dentist is always in search of continuing knowledge. Excellence demands that practitioners are constantly learning as well as evaluating and reevaluating their techniques and beliefs.

The treatment of Myofascial pain, trigger point injections, spray and stretch, spenopalatine ganglion blocks, prolotherapy are just a few of the effective treatments that are used in conjuction with Neuromuscular Dentistry to improve patients lives. Over the last 35 years of continuing education after graduating dental school I have learned many of these procedures from excellent practitioners who are not neuromuscular dentists. Many of my teachers were physicians, osteopaths, massage therapists, accupuncturists, psychologists, ENT's, Chiropracters and othe diverse mainstream and alternative practitioners.

The American Equilibration Society asked me to contribute an article on Neuromuscular Dentistry for publication. They have graciously allowed it to be reprinted in the ICCMO anthology and in Sleep and Health Journal where it is available at no charge @ http://www.sleepandhealth.com/neuromuscular-dentistry

Neuromuscular Dentistry is a valuable tool that helps clinicians in diagnosing and treating craniomandibular disorders. It is not the only tool. The expression that if you only have a hammer everyone looks like a nail describes what happens when a neuromuscular dentist does not remove his/her blinders and see the big picture. The hammer is an extremely effective tool, but only one of many.

Do not let your life slip by marred by chronic pain that may be alleviated or eliminated by judicious application of neuromuscular dentistry.

In the same way Neuromuscular Dentistry is an important tool (maybe even the most important tool) but it is certainly not the only tool. Experienced neuromuscular dentists utilize a wide variety of approaches in treating their patients to a neuromuscular position to obtain the best possible results.

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posted by Dr Shapira at 7:59 PM

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