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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Migraine Relief: Neuromuscular Dentistry and Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks Combination Treatment

Chronic Migraines are at best depresssing but can actually destroy your chance for a meaningful life. The affect relationships with family and friends, work performance and general attitude and quality of life.

Standard Medical approach is to to a lot of medical testing and then medication trial after medication trial.  When single meds are not effective they are given as combination treatments of multiple medications.

There is an alternative approach to migraine relief that can frequently eliminate migraines by correcting underlying causes of migraines.  This does not mean that utilizing medication makes patients failures .  The problem with medication is side effects of the medication, excessive costs of medication, reduction in the quality of life in spite of medictions due to ongoing pain or due to ineffectiveness of medications.

It is well accepted that the Trigeminal Nerve is a central player in all headaches especially migraines. There is also an autonomic aspect of headaches and migraines of due to imbalace between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

Neuromuscular dentistry creates reduction in noxius input from the teeth and jaws to the CNS or central nervous system.  The primary input is from proprioceptive fibers in he periodontal ligament that are fed by tooth contact.  Muscle spindles and golgi tendon organs effect and affect muscle function  The TMJoints (TMJ) have input from joint surfaces, retrodiscal lamina and lateral pterygoid muscles.

All of these tissues and others send storms of neural input to the CNS.  The trigeminal nerve innervates all of these tissues but also controls blood flow to  the meninges of the brain where they control blood flow to the anterior two thirds of the brain.

Finding a Neuromuscular Dentist who understands the entire field can be difficult if not impossible.  I suggest the best places to look are ICCMO, The International College of CraniMandibular Orthopedics at http://occlusiontmjauthority.com and at this site.

In Chicago visit www.ThinkBetterLife.com to learn more about neuromuscular dentistry (NMD).

But just NMD may not be enough for total migraine relief.  It may be necessary to also address the autonomic nervous system.  When eliminating migraines, preventing migraines, curing migraines is the goal the SPG block is often the answer.  It is easy to apply and can give miracle pain relief or miracle migraine cures  as described in the book Miracles on Park Avenue.

Combining neuromuscular Dentisry with Sphenopalatine ganglion blocks is awesome for many migraine sufferers.  But this is still not the whole story, Nucca and /or Atlas Orthoganol Chiropractic, cranial manipulation, massage therapy, trigger point injections, Botox, are just a few of the available techniques that can be used to treat chronic migraines.

The key is that Miracle Migraine Cures do not exist but Migraine cures do exist and when medications have failed neuromuscular dentistry has the potential to cure and eliminate chronic migraines.

Combination of multiple approaches are often necessary.  Every patient is unique and has a unique history.  the care interviewing of patients combined with comprehensive exam are the foundation for building a migraine cure.  You cannot treat without understanding and addressing the underlying causes of migraine.

Treatments must match the diagnostic findings and should be safe and effective.  While medications are often safe many hav serious with regard to safety. The mechanism of action is often unknown for many medications.

Neuromuscular Dentistry utilizes objective measurements to evaluate function and to reset the somatic nervous system every time the patient swallows.  Reset mechanisms allow the body to heal and start fresh after effort.  In the same way a good bite is a reset button for the Trgeminal Nerves the Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks are a reset for the autonomic nervous system.

The search for a Miracle Migraine Cure may be a combination of these techniques for many patients but not for all patients.  There are other variables that come into play that are beyond  the scope of this article.

The search for a miracle cure could end with NMD or SPG Blocks, some people may find the cure takes combinations of treatments.

The important take away is that migraine cures do occur and usually the cures like the causes are multifactorial.  

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posted by Dr Shapira at 7:25 PM

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