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Saturday, April 9, 2011

TMJ AND POSTURE: THE INTIMATE CONNECTION BETWEEN CHIROPRACTIC PROBLEMS AND TMJ DISORDERS (TMD) ARE CRITICAL.

PATIENTS LIVING WITH TMJ DISORDERS, CHIROPRACTIC DISORDERS, HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES are alll suffering from the same underlying disorders. It is well recognized that it is impossible to achieve long term successful treatment without addressing both the dental, TMJ and Trigeminal components in conjunction with with the Chiropractic aspects of care.

Atlas Orthoganal Chiropractic or NUCCA chiropractic focus on the first two vertebrae. Both are excellent techniques but I usually prefer working with A/O chiropracters as they take a more universal approach to care. Many NUCCA chiropracters think that they can correct everything even though research at the prestegious Las Vegas Institue has shown that NUCCA adjustments DO NOT HOLD when the Neuromuscular Dental Occlusion is not corrected. A/o Chiropracters tend to be mor inclusive in care.

Atlas Orthoganal Chiropactic focuses on the first two vertebrae, the Atlas and the Axis. According to the website http://www.atlasorthogonality.com/index.htm the website of the Roy W Sweat Foundation:

"Atlas Orthogonal (SCALE—Stereotactic Cervical ALignment methods) is a spinal healthcare program developed by Dr. Roy Sweat in the late 1960’s based on scientific and biomechanical procedures. Dr. Sweat is considered by many to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on the cervical spine. After years of extensive research he developed a non-invasive, precision instrument to restore structural integrity from cervical vertebral malposition. The percussion instrument achieves postural restoration without manipulation or surgery. This precision treatment reduces cervical spine misalignment and its related symptomatology."

I work with two excellent A/O Chiropracters Dr Mark Freund in Lindenhurst and Dr David Menner in Lake Villa. I have also worked with severl NUCCA Chiropracters.

The connection between the Trigeminovascular system, the masticatory apparatus and the TM Joints was best described by a series ofg patients called "The Quadrant Theorem of Guzay" that describes how the actual center of rotation of the mandible (lower jaw) after accounting for both rotation and translation is on the Odontoid Process of the Axis found within the confines of the Atlas. The head rests on the Atlas on two fcets and it was named for Atlas in Greek Mythology who held the world on his shoulders.

Yoy can consider A/o Chiropracters and NUCCA Chiropracters as a herois Atlas managing the balance of the head on the top of the cervical column.

The neuromuscular Dentist is the navigator who assures that the head stays balanced so Atlas Axis stability is retained. The two treatments are intimately connected.

There are many other important areas of treatment in the body but these TOP Blocks are most important for anyone with Headaches, Migraines, TMJ, TMD, Spinal Problems, Tension-Type Headaches, SUNCY, Chronic Daily Headaches and non-infectious Sinus Pain and Sinus Headaches.

Additional information on Neuromuscular Dentistry is available at: http://www.sleepandhealth.com/neuromuscular-dentistry and at Dr Shapira's Delany Dental Care Ltd website at: http://www.delanydentalcare.com/neuromuscular.html

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