Monthly Archives: February 2014

Does Physiologic Neuromuscular Dentistry seem ‘just too simple’ to resolve debilitating Migraines?

Does Physiologic Neuromuscular Dentistry (PNMD) seem ‘just too simple’ to resolve debilitating Migraines? Is it too hard to believe that neck pain (after an injury) and back pain (after disc herniation surgery) could ALSO resolve through PNMD? Dana thought that there is no way a ‘dentist’ could help her with Neurologist diagnosed Migraine that was barely controlled with Zomig. Even after a friend that had her Mayo Clinic diagnosed Fibromyalgia resolved through PNMD referred her, it was just too hard to believe! Until she checked it out herself as a ‘last resort’!

Dana suffered with debilitating migraines and severe neck pain for 14 years. At times the pain would get so bad that she would have to go to the hospital and gets shots. She felt as if she had so many lost days in her life. Dana was on several medications to try and control the pain that were prescribed to her by a neurologist and her general practitioner. These medications consisted of Naproxen, Zomig and Phenergan for nausea.

Dana heard about Dr Raman through a friend who had also suffered with TMJ symptoms and was already in treatment with him. She was skeptical at first because she has tried so many other things. At this point she started to feel very depressed and sick almost every day. She thought that she was going to have to live with the pain for the rest of her life and felt like this was her last try at getting help.

Dana came to see Dr Raman initially for a consultation and then went through a series of neuromuscular diagnostic testing. Once the correct jaw alignment was determined she was then fitted with a fixed Physiologic neuromuscular orthotic for 90 days. She first felt the biggest difference in her neck pain and range of motion. She said that she has improved immensely and has no more back spasms, sleeps better, headaches much improved and no more lower back pain.

Dana is now in the Physiologic neuromuscular functional orthodontics phase of her treatment. She now has a lot more energy and even her family sees a difference in her. She is very excited. The best part of this is how it impacted her daughter’s wedding. Dana felt so well that she made all the table decorations and made all the hors d’oeuvres at home by herself over several days. She could not have even imagined being able to do all of that prior to her treatment. That made the wedding very special for the whole family. THAT is the power of PNMD and its impact on families as well as on the guests we help.

Vertigo resolved through Physiologic Neuromuscular Dentistry

Isn’t Vertigo, a medical condition? How can a dentist possibly help vertigo? One of the symptoms of a poor jaw alignment is vertigo. In such cases, PNMD can definitely help.

Unrelenting Vertigo resolved through Physiologic Neuromuscular Fixed Orthotic when medications did not help. AO chiropractic adjustments helped for short periods. Previous Neuromuscular removable or fixed orthotics worsened the vertigo.

Veronica lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and traveled to Kansas City to seek treatment from Dr Raman. She has been suffering with severe vertigo as well as neck pain, headaches and shoulder pain for the past 5 yrs. She would always feel off balance. Even raising her arm and picking up light weights would bring on vertigo. Her symptoms first began after having 20 Lumineers done in Lebanon for cosmetic purposes. She had her first “violent vertigo attack” immediately following that.

Veronica sought help from several different doctors including 3 neurologists who were very thorough, had MRI, MRA and CT scans done of her brain and spine. No cause of her vertigo was diagnosed. She then consulted with 5 ENT specialists who ruled out Meniere’s and Benign Positional Vertigo. When medications did not help, she was told by all of these doctors that she would just have to learn to live with it. She then decided to see a Physical therapist, a Chiropractor and an Osteopath. Those treatments actually worsened her symptoms. Her symptoms slightly improved with the Atlas Orthogonist Chiropractor at least for short periods. He is the only one who mentioned that her symptoms may be related to her jaw alignment. Poor jaw alignment affects the AO alignment. So his AO cervical adjustments would not ‘hold’. Much credit should go to this AO chiropractor since he alone pointed Veronica in the right direction when all the medical specialists were telling her that is due to “stress” and “just have to learn to live with vertigo”. So she saw a neuromuscular dentist near her and was treated for 8 months .

Veronica was first given a removable orthotic that she wore at night time only. She was then fitted with a bonded orthotic. The bonded orthotic made her “violently ill” for the 10 days that she had it in her mouth. They decided to discontinue treatment and had the orthotic removed. Several people that Veronica knew kept telling her to go to America for treatment. She did a lot of research on the internet and found Dr. Raman as well as a doctor in California and one in Nevada. After much checking she decided that her best chances for getting better is to be treated by Dr. Raman in Kansas City, Missouri. She saw more examples of difficult cases that he had treated than the other doctors. The only thing he could promise was that he would do his very best to help her.

Veronica was seen on a Wednesday for examination and diagnostic tests. Two days later, her Physiologic Neuromuscular Fixed orthotic was delivered on Friday afternoon. No adjustments were made. Her jaw and rest of the body needed to adjust to the alignment correction of the orthotic.

At her First follow up visit on Monday morning, 2 days post orthotic delivery, Veronica said that she had absolutely no vertigo, no neck/shoulder tightness and has been able to eat just fine. She said that she feels quite relaxed. She was vertigo and shoulder pain free after suffering for 5 years.

It is hard to measure the life impact of this treatment in this woman’s life compared to how it would have been in her family life, social life and general happiness if the unrelenting vertigo had continued. After all neurologists told her to “accept it” and live with. No wonder Veronica believes that it was worth the cost & travel time it took for her PNMD treatment.