Science

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.

Dental health affects fertility

The connection between dental health and overall health….the “Oral systemic link” is widely recognized. Most of the studies related to periodontal ( gum support) disease and heart disease, stroke, diabetes and low birth weight babies. It makes sense to expect that infection in one area of the body is bound to affect other areas. But this new study has an interesting twist.

Male infertility is often connected to connected to chronic bacterial infection of the epididymis. This is the structure that “stores” semen. This study from Germany showed a direct connection between male sterility and dental infections. An abstract with the references is below.

They only studied those that were resistant to antiobiotic therapy. I wonder if the results would be even better if all of the sterile subjects were included in the study.

One more reason to make dental health and its maintenance a high priority!

1: Andrologia. 1993 May-Jun;25(3):159-62. Links
Bacterial foci in the teeth, oral cavity, and jaw–secondary effects (remote action) of bacterial colonies with respect to bacteriospermia and subfertility in males.
Bieniek KW, Riedel HH.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

Bacteriospermia requiring medical treatment were diagnosed in more than 70% of the subfertile patients who had since 1988 attended the gynecological clinic at the RWTH hospital in Aachen. In 23% of all cases specific treatment with antibiotics did not reduce the concentrations of bacteria in sperma. Thirty-six patients with bacteriospermia resistant to antibiotic therapy were then subjected to dental examination. A high incidence of potential dental foci was found in all patients. In a test group of 18 patients these sources of potential infection were eliminated. Between dental operations and therapy swabs were taken to determine bacterial levels and bacteriological composition. It could be demonstrated that the bacterial spectrum of the intraoral samples was almost identical with the spermiograms. Six months following completion of dental treatment a further spermiogram analysis was carried out. In the test group about two thirds of the spermiograms proved sterile. Spermatological parameters, such as motility, density and morphology, had also clearly improved. In the control group the findings of the spermiogram remained poor. This study indicates that a direct causal relationship exists between bacterial colonies (dental foci) and therapy-resistant bacteriospermia which probably leads to subfertility.

Could NM Dentistry help Vocalists, opera and other professional singers?

A good friend of mine from Canada, Dr. Sahag Mahseredjian raised this question in an e-mail. I have edited and paraphrased the information below. Many professional vocalists impose very heavy demands on the mandible (lower jaw). When a singer performs vocal exercises for many hours, the jaw movements border upon the extremes of its physiologic range. Lower jaw motion is energized by the muscles that link the mandible above to the bones of the face and cranium, and below to the neck, including the hyoid bone, clavicle (collar bone) and sternum (breast bone).

Healthy mandibular movement for effective vocalization requires a neurophysiologic integration of all of the muscles and bones involved in carrying out this function. If the jaw is not in NM position, head & neck muscles are usually in a hypertonic (tight) state. This may affect their performance.

A common condition affecting professional vocalists is cranio-mandibular-cervical muscular dysfunction resulting from sprain of the muscles connecting the mandible to the head and neck. This dysfunction adversely affects the quality of the voice and also may cause head, facial and ear pains. The major muscles involved in voice production are strongly influenced by mandibular position. So, a craniomandibular-cervical muscular dysfunction can result in hoarseness and chronic voice irritation which interferes with the ability of the vocalist to produce sounds of good quality and high amplitude.

An explanation of the anatomy of this area is below:

The trachea is the main trunk of a system of tubes by which air passes to and from the lungs. The respiratory system which includes the lungs functions to inhale and exhale air through the trachea.

The larynx is the modified upper section of the trachea and contains the vocal cords. These include a pair of vocal folds that when drawn taut and subjected to a flow of breath, then vibrate to produce the sounds of the voice. In the context of the human voice, resonance refers to the quality imparted to sound vibrations originating in the larynx by resonator chambers formed by the oral and nasal cavities. The power or amplitude of the voice depends on respiration. Hence the breath control training for singers that emphasizes deep diaphragmatic breathing.

The larynx is composed of four principal cartilages: the thyroid, the cricoid, the arytenoid and the epiglottis. These cartilages are controlled by three primary groups of muscles. When contracted, the cricothyroid muscle brings the cricoid and thyroid cartilages together, thereby stretching the vocal cords to control the pitch of the vibrations produced thereby. The tension on the vocal cords is primarily controlled by the thyro-arytenoid muscle, while three sets of arytenoid muscles are involved with vocal cord adduction.

The proper balance of the muscles of the larynx is essential to effective vocalization. The laryngeal mechanism is a precision instrument requiring critical muscular tensions and cartilage positions to produce optimum sounds.

The larynx is suspended from the hyoid bone disposed in the throat between the thyroid cartilage and the roof of the tongue. The hyoid bone is linked by muscles to the mandible or lower jaw. The tension on these muscles is a function of the position of the mandible, and has a strong influence on the behavior of the larynx.

A Neuromuscular Orthotic exploits the relationship between mandible position and voice production to significantly improve the ability of a vocalist to produce sounds of fine quality and high amplitude.