A Bio-Mechanical Approach to Cervical Dystonia

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The line of research that this blog follows is based on the belief that:

The cause of Dystonia is strictly related to the biomechanical colapse of the cervical spine and cranial bones driven by the weight of the skull that sinks, falls, leans and gets twisted as it lacks proper support in the dental arches.

According to this theory, the skeletal, neurological, chemical and psycological symptoms that are described by the accademic, medical and scientific literature are consequences of the effort produced by the body to adjust to this mechanical colapse and the mechanical twisting strain on the brain stem caused by the collapsing skull.

As a consequence, we wish to document an experimental treatment directed at curing Dystonia (as opposed to merely managing the symptoms and cronifying the desease) starting from:

Reestablishing sound support and alignment of the skull on the dental arches that allows the proper function of the involuntary reflex that lifts and alligns the skull during the act of swallowing. This reflex uses a biomechanical lever centered on the molar teeth, which we call the Molar Lever

What is Dystonia?

Mainstream academic and clinical Neurology defines Dystonia as a neurological disorder with physical movement consequences.

We believe that Dystonia is a physical injury that has neurological consequences.

It is an impairment of the ability of the neck to support the skull.

It is similar to triple broken ligaments in the knee…. except the injury is at the level of the upper cervical and lower cranial areas (TMJ, dental occlusion and sphenoid bone).

Dystonia sits between Traumatology, Dentistry, TMD, Orthopedics and Neurology.

It is a physical injury of the upper cervical, lower cranial area.

This bio-mechanic approach has been around for decades with proven results. It is not mainstream because of the way medical academia organizes research and teaching in separate systems.

And it is not mainstream because there is no money from Big Pharma to fund bio-mechanic clinical studies and research.

The protocol we developed does not invent anything new. In the Resources section of this blog you can find 100 downloadable peer reviewed academic research papers, case studies and FDA approved clinical trials that deal with the biomechanics of neurological movement disorders.

Why we Wish to Test this Theory

For the study that we are carrying out, we are considering the case of a patient who developed extreme Dystonia (as diagnosed by a team of neurologists of the Fundación Jiménez Diaz Hospital in Madrid – Spain) within 24 hours following an extremely negligent dental treatment that vandalized his dental occlusion by drilling away central stop contacts on 16 teeth in one session. All molar teeth were left cuspless.

In the case that we present, it was evident from the onset that the dystonic symptoms that the patient developped were related to dental occlusion.

One day, he walked into a dentist’s clinic healthy (a true athlete running 10 kms. and swimming 1 km. several times per week) and, following a very negligent treatment, he woke up the following day with Cervical Dystonia and a collapsing skeletal structure.

The following pictures compare how the dental occlusion of the patient looked when he walked into the dentist’s clinic with the collapsed vandalized occlusion that he was left with after the treatment.

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The next picture shows how the patient was left a few days later -dystonic- with a lateralized and twisted mandible. His head was turned and shifted to the left with involuntary muscle contractions and the barycentre of the weight of his kull was no longer on the central axis of the skeletal  structure. His skull had started sinking and twisting.

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Collapsed Skeletal Structure and Brain Stem Compression

In the following picture, you can appreciate the evolution of the skeletal sructure of the patient in the few months following the negligent dental treatment. It is a true collapse of the whole structure, which we have described in 4 different phases.

Cervical Dystonia: postural colapse affects the Brain Stem

Cervcal Dystonia: postural colapse affects the Brain Stem

The MR scan of the cervical spine shows an important compression of the brain stem at the level of C5-C6-C7 on the left side of his neck. From an orthopedic postural analysis, we could establish that to be exactly the point where the whole weight of the skull had come to rest as it moved away from the central axis of the spine.

We consider that the brain stem compression is the origin of the dystonic and neurological symptoms that the patient developped within 24 hours following the negligent dental treatment.

Collapsed Cranial structure

One of the consequences of the negligent dental treatment was the collapse and twisting of the cranial structure.

The skull is comprised of 20+ different bones that are connected by joints called sutures that work as hinges.

When the strong forces that the mandible presses against the maxilla are missaligned and twisted, the result is cranial scoliosis and a collapsed skull that shrinks like a balloon loosing air.

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Collapse and derangement of cranial bones results in the axis of the plane of occlusion being out of alignment with the axis of the skull and spine

When the maxillae becomes transversely canted it directly affects the position of the sphenoid. The sphenoid articulates directly with 14 other cranial bones (occiput, frontal, 2 parietals, 2 temporals, 2 malars, 2 ethmoids, palatine, vomer, and 2 maxillae).

In addition, between the sphenoid and the temporal bones, 92% of the cranial nerves pass either in close proximity or through these two bones.

TMJs and Neurological Symptoms

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There is a huge body of literature, peer reviewed academic research papers, FDA approved clinical trials, case studies that have been developed over the past 40 years. We have gathered almost 100 papers that are available for download in the page of this blog dedicated to Resources.

One important issue has been constantly recorded in the scientific literarure: when torsion of the spine, scoliosis, neurological movement disorders (Dystonia, Tourette, Parkinson, blepharism, etc.) happen, carefully analysis shows that ONE CONDYLAR DISK IS ANTERIORLY DISPLACED and the OTHER IS POSTERIORLY DISPLACED.

Moreover, the upper cervical vertebrae present a subluxation that creates compression on the brain stem.

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Treatment

The Nuerologists that we consulted diagnosed Cervical Dystonia with degenerative affection of C5-C6-C7. In their opinion there is no cure and the only possible treatment to manage the symptoms consists in Bottox injections in the neck every 3 months to weaken the pulling muscles and, eventually, systemic anti-epileptic drugs if the situation evolved unfavourably towards Generalized Dystonia.

The Maxilofacial Surgeons that we consulted insisted that the only possible treatment consists in surgically removing part of the mandible and surgically changing the inclination and rotation of the maxilla to reallign the plane of dental occlusion with the axis of the skull.

Many Dentists and experts in Dental Occlusion and Oromandibular Pain that we consulted insisted that there is no cure. Most of them were completely ignorant of the symptoms and characteristics of Cervical Dystonia. Many went as far as displaying great personal and epistemic arrogance and ignorance by declaring that it was a psychological issue.

Nevertheless, it was evident from the case we are studying that this case Cervical Dystonia could be treated and sent into remission using intra-oral appliances – dental splints.

The patient had a set of two orthodontic invisalign retainers that reproduced his occlusion at the end of an orthodontic treatment that he had endured 10 years before.

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When he slept with the invisaligns, all the symptoms of Cervical Dystonia went into remission and, within the first few weeks after the iatrogenic dental trauma, even disappeared compeletly. Closing the mandible with the invisaligns in place caused the Atlas (the first cervical vertebra – C1) and the Axis (second cervical vertebra -C2) and pelvis to move and re-align themselves with the skull and spine.
An Experimental Treatment Based on Bio-mechanics

And that is how we decided to create a team of researchers to try an new experimental treatment based on Bio-mechanics to cure Cervical Dystonia.

While medicine treats the body from the point of view of biochemistry, biomechanics looks at the human body with the eyes and mind of an engineer. According to biomechanics, using simple applications of Newtonian mechanics and of material science it is possible to explain correctly various mechanical functions of many biological systems.

From Postural Collapse to Dystonia

According to our theory, when dental support is not adequate the skull tends to collapse. Thus the top cervical vertebrae get miss-alligned and the skull tilts and moves away from a stable, centered, symmetrical and balanced position on top of the shoulders.

In the event that the skull comes to fall, the spine undergoes changes proportional to the extent of the collapse of the skull. As a result there are musculoskeletal compensatory measures of a descending kind.
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When postural colapse affects, strains, compresses and twists the brain stem, the body reacts with neurological symptoms. They are automatic unconcious reflexes that do not make it past the brain stem to the conscious brain.

They are the same kind of unconcoius, automatic nervouse impulses that occur when your fingers get burned and your hand and arm moves away from fire or the closing of the eye lids when an object approaches. Those reflexes activate muscles to ease the pressure and torsion of the brain stem and move the head away.

That is what in medical terms is called Dystonia: involuntary asimmetric muscle contractions.


POSTS ABOUT THE CAUSES OF DYSTONIA

You can find herebelow a selection of the posts on this blog dedicated to the treatment of Dystonia.

CAUSES OF DYSTONIA
Bio-Mechanics of Dystonia A Bio-Mechanical Approach to Dystonia
The line of research that this blog follows is based on the belief that the cause of Dystonia is strictly related to a bio-mechanical collapse of the upper cervical  and lowert cranial area.
Swallowing11 Bio-Mechanics of Dystonia
A description of 10 bio-mechanical derangements, impairments and misalignments that patients suffering from Dystonia (and other neurological movement disorders) tipically present.
Phases of Lateral Postural Colapse Phases of Lateral Postural Colapse
Our analysis of the descending skeletal and postural effects of a collapsing and twisting skull that does not find adequate support in the dental arches.
 wpid-craniobiancobig1.gif Postural Colapse and Dental Arches
A set of animations that present grafically the type of skeletal and postural effects that we intend to produce over a few months by modifying occlusion and the direction of forces between the skull and the mandible.
legos_9ec5ba90-3d93-4e76-8cc8-2617a90a0ca8-009-e1512658037345.jpeg What is Dystonia?
What came first? The chicken or the egg? Mainstream academic Neurology defines Dystonia as a neurological disorder with physical movement consequences. In reality, Dystonia is a physical injury that has neurological consequences.
It is an impairment of the ability of the neck to support the skull.
occlusioncompare Iatrogenic Damage: When the Dentist is a Butcher
Our review of how modern dental theories on occlusion oversimplify and misunderstand the biomechanics of the stomatognatic system, leading to a high potential of traumatic dental treatments.
wpid-download.jpg Can you Trust your Dentist?
The relation between dental treatments and the onset of Dystonia y a well established scientific fact. Please read this post before you consider the convenience of carrying out ANY dental treatment and before you choose the dentist who should carry it out. This post may save your life.

POSTS ABOUT THE TREATMENT OF DYSTONIA

You can find herebelow a selection of the posts on this blog dedicated to the treatment of Dystonia.

TREATMENT OF DYSTONIA
Protoco ofl for the Treatment Dystonia Protocol for the Treatment of Dystonia
In this post we will outline the DIY (do it yourself) protocol that we have developed for the treatment of Cervical Dystonia. This protocol is the result of extensive study and integration of decades of previous research, experiments and practice of medical professionals, professors, dentists, orthodontists, technicians and parcticioners.
Splint Therapy Principles of Splint Therapy
In this post we outline the basic principles behind the protocol that we are developing for the treatment of Dystonia with splint therapy. The technique to build splints and register bites on them that we developed (and describe in detail in this post) can also be used by dentists as an easy and fast diagnostic tool to understand how a patient’s occlusion works before any prosthetic work.
The ALF The ALF
In this post we will describe the appliance that can be used to unravel cranial distortions and collapse: the ALF. ALF is an acronym for Advanced Lightwire Functional Appliances. In this post we will describe the use and purpose of the ALF device based on the work of Dr. Nordstrom.
The Rectifier-Gelb The Rectifier-Gelb
The foundamental instrument of this experimental method to treat Dystonia is based on the Rectifier, an intra-oral appliance (dental splint) that produces orthopedic forces that are engineered to move and modify the skeletal structure in order to recover vertical balance, symmetry and allignment of the structures that support the skull
The Molar Lever The Molar Lever
What is the relationship between teeth and body posture? How does dental occlusion affect the allignement of the spine? The shortest answer has two words: Molar Lever.
Neurological Rehab Neurological Rehab for Dystonia
In this post we will describe a basic Eye Tracking Exercise that helps balance and rehabilitate the nervous system in case of Dystonia, scoliosis and postural collapse. Neurological Rehabilitation is one of the most important parts of the Protocol for the Treatment of Dystonia that we have developed.
TMJ Treatment of TMD with the Molar Lever
In this post, we describe our understanding of how it is possible to treat Temporomandibular Joint Disfunction (TMD) with a splint therapy based on the principle of the Molar Lever

 


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108 thoughts on “A Bio-Mechanical Approach to Cervical Dystonia

  1. I have done this treatment already with a patient with secondary dystonia. I used a splint which was very high in the molar area together with “slow atlas corection” . That is like yours but eye and toungue movement together with neck and yaw movement . Astonishing he could leave the rectifyer after a month as long as he stayed in the daily exercises and athletic training!

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    • Thank you for sharing your experience. Erik. A month after I started I am at the same level you mention: neurologic symptoms like involuntary contraction of the neck muscles are gone and just a memory. Now I am working to recover verticality of the spine.
      The big questions are: Why aren’t there more scientific studies about splint theraphy? Why do neurologists think that it is even conceivable to “treat ” Dystonia patients with Bottox?

      It would be very helpful if you could share more about your experience.

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  2. I’d be interested to see if this method also alleviates, if not cures completely, primary dystonia which manifests over a longer period of time due to unknown reasons (accidents are common though). My personal experience is working long years in unergonomical positions with computers may have triggered it. Although I have similar ortodontic problems I don’t think all of dystonia sufferers necessarily have it but using the same ‘lever’ principle it may still be possible to correct the posture. Very interesting. Very well researched and articulated – thanks for sharing. BTW I’m a medical doctor and a researcher and will certainly dig further into this.

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  3. I live in Laramie, Wy can I get this done here…does medicare n Medicade cover this..how much is this going to cost I only get 923 a month on SSDI is there any help for us with out putting me in the poor house…Please Please help

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    • This is a self help, do it your own treatment. You do not need to pay a dentist and you do not need Medicaid.
      Just get a lower splint that repeoduces your teeth done by a dental lab (32$) and put polimorph (6$ for a bag with 100 times more material than needed) and you are good to go.
      You will register a new bite on the lower splint directly in your mouth.
      I strongly advise to contact Starecta. They provide videos on how to register the bite and get the material you need and access to a community of people who are doing splint theraphy.
      That is how I learned how to do ddntal splintsy at home in the first place.

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      • do you have a contact number for starecta ? i know this blog is a year old but i am now researching cervical dystonia and truly believe it has to do with everything described above.

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      • So I just got perfectly healthy wisdom teeth removed so they have room to work with for orthognathic surgery. Are you saying that I’m likely screwing myself? I was told I have a skeletal issue (underbite). I’ve been experiencing symptoms for many years. Since puberty actually and I’m currently 27. I just want relief from muscle spasms. It really does feel like my maxilla is trapping my mandible which is essentially what the oral surgeon told me.

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      • Personally I would never undergo orthognatic surgery. I believe that the model of jaw function and occlusion it is based on (just vertical forces and the TMJ acting as a hinge) is childishly oversimplified and plainly wrong.
        I personally have not met anybody who did orthognathic surgery who recommends it or would do it again.

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      • Marcello, do you still recommend doing this yourself with just a lower splint and polimorph? I’ve checked out Starecta, it sounds great just a little expensive for me right now.

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    • Yoga, exercise, inclining (inversion table or slantboard) to give more space between vertabrae, craniosacral therapy, nutrition…enough protein to rebuild muscle tissue…these are some of the things I recommend as a massage/craniosacral therapist. This is all so interesting, as I have had dystonia clients, and I myself have had a scoliosis go “severe”. I am using blocking techniques learned from YouTube chiropractery, and the latest thing I learned about balancing the pelvis. It has to do with weight loss, but I am finding, as I do the position, that bones are moving in my body and some definite changes are happening. http://how-to-lose-weight-fat-fast-in.blogspot.com/2015/07/lose-your-weight-without-starvation-and.html

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      • I’m a bit late, but when I checked a few months ago they charged either $1,500 for several consultations and the creation of the bite if you go to the Drs that they work with in Italy, and maybe something else but this is is going by memory- or it’s $500 for them to send you the full details on the process and how to create and modify the splint, and something else I believe. I haven’t done it yet, but I think that’s reasonable, I’ve seen another site where they barely give you any info, or even before and after pictures and they want $3,500 for the full details on how to make their appliances. Starecta is currently working on their site, so they said it’s going to be a few weeks before everything is back online, right now the order page on their site is down.

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  4. I have been wearing invisalign trays for two years now and they don’t help at all. Is this what you are saying the cure is,…..i.e, make an imprint of your teeth and then wear the molded piece?

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  5. Hi I have been told I have mild scoliosis, and feel like I have imbalances in my body. Do you think this method could be a solution for me. I am contacting you as you seem accessible at the time being and would appreciate any advice, if so any information to start this.

    Thnaks
    Jalal

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      • Thanks for reply Marcello

        I also wanted to know if you can help me or give instructions for how I can partake in this method, I have mild scoliosis and can feel imbalances in my body and also notice a difference in bite.

        I would really like to consider this treatment it makes sense to me.

        Regards
        Jalal

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      • Unfortunately, I do not have enough time to help you personally. I try to write as much as possible. In the post on Principles of Splint Therapy tou can find how to videos (point 6) and in the Starecta Facebook group yhere are a lot of people who give personal advise and help. That is the best option.

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    • In the telephone directory. Google “dental lab” and thr name of the city where you live. Or ask any local orthodontist what lab do they use. Mind you, all over the world there are rules and regulations that require a a dental lab to work only with dentists, not with the general public. The system is designed to make sure that dentist can charge you 300-400€ for a clear orthodontic retainer that takes 10 minutes to build and actually costs me and any dentist only 32$ in the dental lab. You will have to find your ways around this. We all have.

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  6. Wouldn’t wearing a split eventually create an open bite in the molars? Wouldn’t that also make dystonia symptoms worse, once the splint is removed – and the open bite is larger?

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    • Yes it wil create an open bite in thr molars. Not because of tooth intrusion. The molar gap is what is necessary to change the inclination of the skull and create enough space in the jammed ATMs for the disks to adopt a healthy position.
      When you reach the stage when you are symptoms free, you will have to decide if you want to have prosthetic work on your teeth to fill in the molar gap or use a splint to sleep for the rest of your life.
      Most adults who do orthodonticd after 30 years of age have to sleep with a splint for the rest of their lives. People who are defined “bruxists” by modern dental malpractice have tonuse splints too.
      People who develop cranial derangement and neurological symptoms will most likely have to sleep with a spkint for the rest of their lives anyhow.
      In the end you have to decide if you want to live with dystonia, Tourette, Patkinson, scoliosis or use a splint to sleep.
      Moreover, the final prosthetics on your teeth can not be done by just any dentists. 99% of dentists just do not have a clue about what shape teeth have to have in order to close in a stable way. I suggest you read the post about “Can you trust your dentist?” to understand why.

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  7. I’m 31 years-old and I wore braces for about 3 years when I was 12 or so, if I use this method will it affect the spacing of all of my teeth or just the molars? I’ve read most of your site and watched many of Dr. Mews videos where he talked about expanding the palate so it sounds like the teeth in the front would space out when this occurred. My braces were about $2,000 out of pocket plus whatever insurance covered, so I was wondering about this question.

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  8. I had neck pain and headache. The dentist I saw changed my occlusion over several setting. I am way worse. Now I have neck, shoulder and back pain and I think it may have caused occlusion collapse. Starecta looks interesting. Does it change your teeth in anyway Abd make occlusion worse?
    Pain.

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    • We have a very similar story. It took me 1 year trying to fix my occlusion with dentists to realize that they are just following the wrong model of occlusion and that they were causing and worsening the situation.
      Please read my posts on «Iatrogenic damage: when the dentists is a butcher» and «Can you trust your dentist?» for a full account.
      Starecta is a good way to start. Ot taught me how to build a splint by myself and do thebright thigs to close my mouth.
      It is fully reversible and does not cause damage yomyour teeth.

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      • Thanks Marcello, for your support. So I get a dental lab to do a model and then contact starecta to help me to make a rectifier? How much does it cost? I don’t see it in the website. Any guarantee it will work… I was planning to ask the dentist to make me a splint to a physiological bite. What do you think? Make a rectifier instead?

        How did you fix your occlusion after correcting the spine? Are you still using invasign.
        Am glad you are feeling much better.

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      • Get a lower retainer from a dentla lab and but polymorph online. Then, maje your own splints.
        You can find videos on this site to see how.
        My experience (and I have wrotte extensively about it) is that self made, self registered DIY splits are far superior to anything any dentist can make. It takes a minute to register the new bite.
        By all means, start only when you are completely confident with the theory (see the post on «Principles of splint therapy»). Then start experimenting and learning. In one hour you will learn to make splints better than any dentist could for your case. You are the one that feels if the situation gets better with a splint or you need to change it.

        I have decided to continue using splints only to sleep and will not do any prosthetic work to my teeth.

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      • Thank you. I have a thin plastic appliance like a retainer. Would that work since you mentioned 2 mm thick.
        When do you pay Starecta for this and how much?

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  9. You have managed to describe everything that has been happening to me over the past 4.5 years. I have what you describe as crumbling posture. My molars they say are worn or that i must clench and grind. Basically, I have body wide pain that comes and goes with what I have been thinking is my C1-C2. I have gotten countless atlas orthogonal adjustments over the past 4 years and when I am in alignment I cannot hold the alignment more than a day. My posture moves out, my shoulder and neck twist and my legs move an inch apart. The moving of my posture is what causes the pain. I just had a functional neurologist tell me I have mild hemidystonia on the right side of my body, but it does not feel mild. My lower teeth do not completely line up with my top and then dentist says my jaw deviates to the right. I have also been told my right eye does not fully track properly and my tongue even deviates to the right.
    My question is can the dental splint be made from a do it yourself night guard that you buy at the pharmacy? I am in Canada and do not know where I would even get a lower splint made. Or do you know anyone in Canada who has tried this therapy that you could put me in touch with?

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    • Not from a night guard. Look for a dental lab or for any orthodontist. Every patient that finishes orthodontics gets a clear orthodontic retainer which is exactly what you need and works best. Ask for 2 lower ones of 2mm of thickness.

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    • Hi Keri, welcome to the club 😉 I too have suffered from cervical dystonia over the past 8 years or so and now by using dental split, upper cervical adjustment (my C1 also shifts forward and right) weekly and also using Abbie Colins’ ST Program (daily stretches plus 3 x week special gym exercises) I have been 100% disease free for about 8 months 🙂 Body symmetry and posture really has strong relationship with dental and cranial structures – I’m a medical doctor myself and can attest not many neurologists even get this.

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      • Hi Koray,

        Thank you so much for your response. It gives me even more confidence in beginning with dental splints. Can I ask what your gym exercises are? The body wide pain I get is nerve and fascial pain as my brainstem has been affected by all of this. I welcome any and all suggestions. Also do you think that eventually your atlas will begin holding with continued therapy?
        Are you doing Starecta on your own or working with a dentist?

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      • Re Starecta – I did it for 4-5 months intensively then started an orthodontic treatment using conventional orthodontic plates to widen my palatal arch and at the same time doing upper cervical. At the moment I’m wearing upper plate 24hrs and a lower plate during sleep. The upper plate gives my tongue better leverage to push against my palate hard – see Mike Mew’s technique. Essentially what happens is you replace naturally the geste antagonista you normally do by touching your chin or parts of your head with tour hand with the tongue pushing against palate effectively stretching spasmed muscles at the back of your head. I can now push my head upwards with so much force with my tongue that it overcomes entire weight of my head and even pushes upwards to stretch the spasmed neck muscles around atlanto-axial area. I can hear clicking (like tearing of rubber bands) when I use that stretch. After you develop a conscious habit of constantly pushing on your palate with your tongue it becomes an automatic habit – this is probably something we stop doing as a result of dystonia / bad posture and I believe it establishes the normal proprioceptive signals and restores regulation so you straighten up. become symmetrical and get rid of spasms. I have NO spasms in my neck for months now. As the result of continuous stretches and gym exercises (as per ST Clinic’s program) I have much better core strength so much so that compared to normal people I can sit straight without slouching almost indefinitely (with a natural posture similar to that of Aleksandar technique). So all in all I not only completely eliminated my dystonia but I feel much more healthier and fit than any period of my entire life! I must also say I gave up on sugar altogether and learned to listen to my body what it needs in terms of nutrition – don’t use any supplement vitamins or etc. but just good quality fresh food – lots of seafood – almost half of my entire diet is mostly seafood – mostly raw fish. Focus on yourself as a whole – find your inner balance – it is not impossible. There’s a lot of good nutrition and lifestyle guidance out there on the Internet. Good luck 🙂

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      • Agree 100% with Koray. We basically started together. Koray: you may want to go into the eye tracking exercises that I describe in the post about «neurological rehan for dystonia»’
        I am sure that you will find out that you do bot need a weekly chiropractic adjustment. With and after those exercises, you can center your atlas with a gentle touch of your index finger.

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      • Hi Keri, see http://stclinic.com
        It is an extremely effective and well tested by hundreds of cervical dystonia patients…Takes lots of committment though – also you’ll need to purchase the program (well worth the money). This is what strengthens your core and ensure any adjustments hold for longer time.

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  10. Hi Koray
    I had neck and headache. Saw a dentist in 2014, who shaved the tooth down a bit and from there on it has been down hill. He tried to fix my bite was unable to. I have been seeing another dentist who is well known in TMJ issues for over 2 years and he was trying to use different appliance and shave down my teeth to help with occlusion and discomfort. I had some neck pain. More of my discomfort now is in the shoulder, anterior upper chest, upper and mid back pain. Sometimes a bit in the hips and knees too. These started after my dentist ( who is very well known in TMJ stuff) shaved my teeth down to correct my occlusion in Feb 2016. He did it 3 times in 2014 and once in 2015. have never felt so bad before. I am healthy and used to exercise every day. I still push my self to do it. I am convinced the last one caused my occlusion collapse. I am seeing a PT now and my neck and face muscles are very tight along with shoulder and upper back muscles.
    Should I see another dentist who specializes in myo facial pain ?
    Should I try starecta?
    Is polymorph removable?
    I do have a thin plastic appliance he gave ne too wear but it is thinner than a mm.
    HELP please!!!

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    • My problems started exactly the same way. A dentist performermed «equilibration» (perpetrated mutilation I should say) of my molat teeth. The following day I woke up as twsoted as Stephen Hawking.
      Please read my post on this blog about «Can you trust your dentist» to find out why modern dentistry is the main cause of neutlogical movement disorders nowadays.
      The fastest and easiest and least expensive way to start treating you symptoms is a refctifier lower splint. In a few weeks you will probably back to almost normal. And you will have learned and started a journey towards healing that will include many of the other steps that I describe in the protocol.

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      • Do u know any lab in the U.S. Who can make a custom splint? I have called a lot of labs but need a dentist to order one.

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    • Hi Raj, I’d agree with Marcello – so please follow his recommendations. Mike Mew’s technique to push your tongue up on your palate plus upper cervical chiropractic adjustments can also help.

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  11. Hi Marcello,

    I came across your blog after searching for resources on brainstem compression. I have not been diagnosed with anything as I am a mystery to the medical community, however, after seeing an upper cervical chiropractor, I know that I have a rotated c1 causing my neurological symptoms. I’ve noted that the adjustments do not hold well and now have discovered splint therapy. There is a man doing research in California in his practice that seems very similar to what you are talking about. His website has information on dystonia, scoliosis, Parkinson’s, and more. I am going to see him in a week. Would it be ok to send you the website link and tell me what you think? It might be beneficial for you and your blog as well.

    Take care,

    Michelle

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  12. During first month,when i want to eat, i should remove the splint. Could this affect the treatment or it’s ok. There is another approch of treatinf dystonia, that talks about TMJ disorder and it yses also splints to correct the body skull and posture. Us it the same thing as your described approche?

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  13. It’ s difficult to keep it while eating the splint moves and gets out of its place ..i’ll try perhaps i have just to get accustemed to it with time..i’ll try also to register another “O” bite after 15 days..

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  14. Hi Marcello,
    Can you help me? I have been researching for 3 years now. I have Harrington rods attached to my spine for 20 years. I want to remove them. But also I want to try the starecta method or something similar along with the Schroth Method. I am under no illusion that this might be difficult as my spine is fused but I want to try. Where or who can I start this process with. I followed Ken Leaver’s process on FB which I think was fantastic. Many thanks & warm regards, Rachel.

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  15. Hi Marcello,
    I got the plastic appliance and polymorph. How do I do the initial splint? please give me instructions If it works I can buy the package for additional help.

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    • You do not need ro buy any package. You have everything that you need. Read the post on principles of splint therapy for the instructions.
      You need to learn by trial and error. It will not take long to become a expert. Just a couple of hours spread out throughout a week.

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  16. I’m getting ready to try this as soon as I get the retainer made. Already have the polymorph and can’t wait. Thanks for the great blog

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  17. I am seeing my dentist next week for other reasons and I would like to bring this to his attention. What should I be asking for specifically?

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  18. Hola,
    Soy Kris de Chile. Atravieso una Distonia Cervical severa desde hace cerca de 3 años. Junto a mi Dentista, Kinesióloga y Quiropráctico quisiéramos formar parte del estudio. ¿Cómo podemos comenzar? Un abrazo y gracias por dar este paso!

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  19. I have had cervical dystonia with a head tremor for eight years & have tried Botox,acupunture,chiropractor & several other procedures. Just was introduced to a dentist & said its in my jaw & teeth. To much mercury in mouth with 3 root canals. Recommended removing all my back teeth & realigning my jaw. I’m in so much neck pain & shoulder pain almost considering it,due to nothing else helping me. Also had a Clifford blood test & showed I’m allergic to several types of metals.What are your thoughts on this. Thanks!

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    • Sorry to hear Sara. It is definitely related to your dental occlusion, TMJs and upper cervical instability.
      The symptoms and allergies you describe are very «normal» and frequent. The body has been sent un a tail-spin.
      Mind you: the mechanichal lever effects (that is the shape and curve of your teeth) is more important than the mercury un the fillings.
      It is NOT a neurological deseases that has movement disorder consequences…. it is a biomechanical derangement that brings about neurological symptoms.
      For that reason, I would NOT have any teeth removed. That would only precipitate cranial collapse and deramgement and make matters worse.
      Also, there are only a handful of dentists in the world (less than 10) who understand what nweds to be done.
      Do not trust any dentist, specially if he tells you to remove teeth.
      Of your read through this blog, you will find all the necessary information.
      So… either become an expert and treat yourself telling dentists what needs to be done …. or rely on a dentists like Dr. Brown, Dr.Sims, Dr. Norsdstrom, Dr. Yavich, Dr. Hedger to do the treatment.
      If your dentist does not ask for a MRI of TMJs, does not use regularly Gelb splints and ALF appliances, does not work jointly with a cranial osthoepath, he will only make the situation worse. Even much worse.

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      • Short version: I also had cervical dystonia and severe head tremors for 10 years. Now fixed 95% by following St clinics program, dental splitting especially follow Marcello, upper cervical chiropractic and healthy eating. Also got rid of amalgam fillings. There’s hope. I’m a medical doctor 😷 myself and assure you modern medicine has nothing to offer really. Beware of botox makes you much worse in the long run. Be your own boss and do your research.

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      • Hi Marcelo,

        My dentist only asked for a CBCT scan. I requested a MRI but he insisted that TMJ problems can be easily detected from CBCT.

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  20. Hi Marcerllo,

    I have cervical dystonia and head tremor for approximately 2 month, my body has not changed its posture significantly yet.
    After reviewing all the main stream treatments for CD, I found that for most people, damaging their body again seems to be the only option(Botox, Brain surgery, etc.)
    Then I came across this sit, seeing all those people got 100% recovery from this treatment, it’s like the first light of dawn after a really long night.
    Now I am trying to the DIY approach(Last year of my graduate study, no time for a clinician in Italy or Canada…).
    Now I have a couple questions I’d like to ask,
    1. In the second phase, how do I make that ALF myself? Do I get it from a local dentist? Do they know what it is? Or do I need to consult them before using ALF myself due to the adjustments I have to make for the ALF?

    2. I am now also trying to help a group of people from China, some of them suffer from PKD(paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia), what’s the possibility there is do you think for them to get improvements? Since I’ve seen a video with improved performance with a rectifier on Youtube click this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRITR6HAPXg

    Thank you very much!

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  21. Hi Macello,

    I wear a retainer every night for many years after the previous othordontic treatment. But I don’t think I can use it as base splint since it will distort in hot water. May I know what kind of retainer do you recommend for splint therapy? Many thanks.

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    • Yes you can use it. Polimorph melts at a lower temperature (66 degrees celsius which is massively below boiling). Just err on the cold side while you make experiments with different temperatures. On top.of it, you do not have to put the splint all the way into the water. Just the polimoprh.
      And with self curing resin tou would not have any problem either.

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  22. Hi Marcello,
    My atlas is rotated 15 degrees counterclockwise on axis due to maxilla being rotated counterclockwise from previous orthodontic treatment. A dentist who specialises in ALF told me that correction can be made using a chain elastic on conventional braces by pulling the maxilla in the opposite direction. Do you think splint therapy you mentioned in your post can correct this problem? Thanks in advance for any advice.

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  23. Hello Marcello,

    is it also possible that back of the get gets more symmetrical over time with this method?

    Thanks, regards,
    Frank

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  24. Marcello,
    All my upper teeth were removed in 2015 as the plan was to have dental implants
    The surgery was horrid. The 2 titanium pins were placed and I was to follow up to have the teeth placed over them. Then a new denture made.
    I never returned
    The procedure was never done
    So I have an upper denture and 5 of my own teeth in my lower jaw. I wear a partial there.
    How can this work for me? Or can it?
    I’m truly at the end of my rope with this damn dystonia and pain.
    I’ve never been told my jaw was out of alignment but what else could it be?
    Thank you.
    I’ve had cerv7csl dystonia,since I was 32, it’s much worse now. I’m 62.
    Juliann Kavitski
    Juliannkavitski@gmail.com

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    • So… there is no way you can untwist cranial bones without any teeth (that I know of). But you can lift and stretch-starighten your spine by using a splint with a molar lever.
      Just by adding vertical dimension at the back of your mouth ypur situation can improve massively.
      Use a splint between your uppwrnfull denture and lower partial.
      Experiment and try to get to a situation where you can be functional.
      Starting from a rrally bad situation, all the improvement you cam have is wellcome.

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  25. Eres un genio Marcelo, esta investigación que has hecho no tiene precio, yo sufro de distonia cervical desde hace 11 años, voy a probar el tratamiento y si funciona te deberé una… Completamente de acuerdo que la mayoría de médicos en España no tienen ni puta idea de lo que es una distonia, sobretodo los de la seguridad social, bueno y los de pago no se quedan atrás.

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    • Y sí… no hay forma quelos neurólogos en España entiendan la distonia. Incluso los«mejores» especializados en trastorno del movimiento soloa sabne administrar botox (y mal, sin criterio) y recetar drogas.
      De anatomía y biomecanica no entienden nada. Según los mejores de Madrid, la RM de mi cráneo y cuelloy ATM era «normal»…. y tenía todos los 10 síntomas y lesiones que describo en mi blog. Hasta tenía un quiste del tamaño de un pulgar en el lado derecho entre maxila, ATM y maxilla… para ellos no tenía ninguna relación con la distonia… :-0… querían pincharme botox y darme drogas nefastas. Ya me convencieron definitivamente que no tienen ni capacidad de entender los trastornos del movimiento.

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  26. Would a Clear Splint night guard fitted by my dentist work? It is called the “Clear Splint” and I’m worried now that I’ve paid for it it’s not what I should have used? Thanks so much for all of your information!!

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    • This is a blog.eith info for DIY treatment or training a dentist.
      You will have to become an expert. There are 10 dentists on the world who lnow how to treat Dystonia. You will have to train yours and yourself.
      In the USA there are a few. Dr. Jeffrey Brown is the best.

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