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Friday, March 27, 2015

What is Neuromuscular Dentistry? How do I Find a Neuromuscular Dentist


If you are looking for a Neuromuscular Dentist dedicaed to the art and science of the field I strongly suggest a member of the International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO) at their website
http://occlusiontmjauthority.com. That site has an extensive educational area for patients that is continually being updated.

My description of What is Neuromuscular Dentistry that was originally written for the American Equilibration Society and republished in the ICCMO anthology and by Sleep and Health Journal is considered one of the most succint and easy to understand descrptions of the basic principles of Neuromuscular Dentistry.  http://www.sleepandhealth.com/neuromuscular-dentistry

Neuromuscular Dentistry or NMD is a field of medicine and dentistry based on the work of Barney Jakelson.  There are many greats in the field including Norman Thomas BDS, PhD, Barry Cooper, Jim Geary and Barney Jankelson's son Bob Jankelson who wrote the tesxtbook on Neuromuscular Dentistry.  The International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics is the organization devoted to the field of Neuromuscular Dentistry and is universalIy acknowledged as the primary organization representing Neuromuscular Dentistry.  There is an American Section of ICCMO representing Neuromuscular Dentists in North America, There is a South American ICCMO based in Argentina, There are large ICCMO chapters in Japa, Germany and a newly organized group in Russia. I have personally been working in the field of Neuromuscular Dentistry for over 35 years.been working in the field of Neuromuscular Dentistry for 35 years.

Dr Janet Travell famed for her work with Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction described in detail in her textbook the mechanism of trigger points, taut bands and myofascial pain.  She lectured at meetings in conjunction with ICCMO and much of her work is directly related to Neuromuscular Dentistry.  Her descriptions of how trigger points form is directly addressed by Neuromuscular Dentistry.

Neuromuscular Dentistry is the most physiological based approach to dentistry and treatment of TMJ disorders, TMD, Migraines, and  headaches.  There is more to Neuromuscular Dentistry than teeth, bones and joints which is where most of dentistry focuses.  Neuromuscular Dentistry looks at the entire nervous system including the parasympathetic and sympathetic portins of the autonomic nervous system and closely looks at physiological aspects of the somatic nervous system.  The stomatognathic must look beyond the jaws and teeth and look at how this interacts with the entire body.

Posture is a primary function of the masticatory system that is ignored by most of dentistry.  Airway maintenance is another  primary function of the the masticatory apparatus and associated systems. The Quadrant Theorem of Guzay explains from a mechanical engineering view how the TMJoint and head posture and the Atlas and Axis vertebrae interact.

Neuromuscular Dentistry utilizes objective data to measure how function and physiology work together.  Neuromuscular Dentistry utolizes EMG to measure muscle physiology and function (dysfunction).  The use of Ultra Low Frequency TENS in Neuromuscular Dentistry to create relax musculature was not discovered by Dr Barney Jankelson but was found during basic science research.  The genius of Dr Jankelson was utilizing it to relax the trigeminally innervated muscles that move the jaws.

The utilization of the Mandibular Kinesiograph now called computerized Mandibular Scans allow careful evaluation of jaw function is three dimensions in real time or in slow motion.  There are two companies that make equipment for Neuromuscular Dentists, Myotronics the company founded by Barney Jnkelson and BioResearch who also manufactures equipment for Neuromuscular Dentists.


Chicago area patients should visit my www.thinkbetterlife.com for more information

The Las Vegas Institute (LVI)  utilizes Neuromuscular Dentistry as the basis for its educational programs. I strongly suggest finding LVI dentists who are also members of ICCMO.   It is important to understand that not all LVI dentists are Neuromuscular Dentists.

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