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SEVERE HEADACHE PATIENTS BENEFIT FROM TMJ (TMD) TREATMENT REGARDLESS OF THE TYPE OF HEADACHE, INCLUDING TENSION HEADACHE AND MIGRAINE WITH OR WITHOUT AURA

THIS IS AN OLDER ARTICLE (see abstract below) BUT IS PROBABLY RELEVANT FOR ALL HEADACHE PATIENTS REGARDLESS OF THE TYPE.  The mechanism of TMD therapy is to reduce noxious input into the central nervous system thru the Trigeminal Nerve.  The use of Neuromuscular Dentistry where an ultra-low frequency TENS is used to relax musculature is the most effective method of rapidly correcting the neuromuscular position of the mandible.  Stabilization with a diagnostic orthotic often gives rapid and significant headache relief.   The Trigeminal Nerve plays a central role in nearly all type of headaches and when there is nociceptive input to the brain the the trigeminal it can be widely magnified by the reticular activating system.  In computer lingo GARBAGE IN- GARBAGE OUT in this case garbage being headaches and migraines.

 2006 Apr;24(2):104-11.

Headache improvement through TMD stabilization appliance and self-management therapies.

Source

University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, USA. wrighte2@uthscsa.edu

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess headache response of unselected neurology clinic chronic headache patients to TMD stabilization appliance and self-management therapies, and to identify features of patients whose headaches are more likely to improve from these therapies. Twenty chronic headache patients in a nontreatment control period were provided appliance and self-management therapies, evaluated five weeks after therapy, and those who chose to continue using their appliances were evaluated three months later. The mean pretreatment Headache Disability Inventory (HDI) score of 64.5 suggested the headaches were severe. After five weeks, the mean HDI score decreased by 17 percent (p<0 .003="" 18="" 19="" 23="" 39="" 46="" a="" and="" appliance="" appliances="" aura="" be="" beneficial="" between="" by="" can="" chose="" comparing="" consumption="" continue="" correlation="" decrease="" decreased="" drop="" dropped="" follow-up="" for="" fourteen="" had="" hdi="" headache="" irrespective="" many="" mean="" medication="" migraine="" months="" no="" of="" p="" participants="" patients="" percent="" pretreatment="" response="" results="" score="" self-management="" severe="" suggest="" symptom="" symptoms="" tension-type="" the="" their="" therapies="" there="" these="" three="" to="" type="" using="" was="" who="" with="" without="">
PMID:
 
16711272
 
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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