Postural collapse and asymmetric contraction of postural muscles is a common characteristic and symptom of Dystonia. In this post we will describe a series of stretching exercises and Yoga stances (commonly called Asanas) that are helpful to carry out a postural rehabitlitation and help in the treatment of Dystonia.
These stretching exercises should be carried out daily as a part of the Bio-Mechanical Protocol for the Treatment of Dystonia that we describe in this blog and includes Gelb-Rectifier Splint Therapy and ALF Treatment.
This daily guide to Yoga practice is designed for people with dystonia, muscle imbalance, rigidity, and spasms due to such causes as Parkinson’s, stroke, and multiple sclerosis. The focus is on rebuilding strength and flexibility as well as physical and emotional balance.
What you are about to see is a video animation that describes the bio-mechanical failures of the upper cervical spine that cause the condition known as Frozen Shoulder Syndrome. This video produced by Whole Health Partners isolates the cause of FSS as a neurological disorder.
We will use the video in this post to expand the analysis to the interaction between bio-mechanical impairments of the upper cervical spine and reflexes: automatic involuntary movements generated by the nervous system that can lead to Forward Head Posture and Dystonia.
In this blog we argue that the onset of dystonic symptoms is associated with the bio-mechanical impairment of the lower cranial – upper cervical area, TMJ disks displacement and cranial derangement.
One common complication of cronic upper cervical distorsions and subluxation of the first 2 cervical vertebrae is the development of laxity or injury of the ligaments that keep the cervical vertebrae of the neck aligned and functional. When upper cervical instability occurs, it is common to develop asymmetric abnormalities in the tone of muscles of the neck (both weaknes and spasms) that can lock and perpetrate de cervical derangement.
Gareth Bale is the world’s most expensive soccer player to date. He was transferred in 2013 from the British team Tothenham to the Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid for a world record 139 million US$.
In 4 seasons, Bale has suffered 12 major injuries, resulting in 44 missed games and 256 days without been able to train. He is currently injured and unfit to play.
The majority of Bale’s injuries affect the muscles and tendons of one leg and the muscles that stabilize the pelvis and hips.
In this post we will describe 10 bio-mechanical derangements, impairments and misalignments. Patients suffering from Dystonia (and other neurological movement disorders such as Parkinson’s and Tourette’s) tipically present some or all of the 10 described bio-mechanical impairments.
We end the article by discussing how mainstream treatments for Dystonia recommended by academic and clinical Neurology are compatible and complement bio-mechanical treatments.
For a complete bibliography of peer reviewed scientific reesearch papers, case studies and FDA approved clinical trials, please refer to the RESOURCES page of this blog.
Guest post by Dr. Lidia Yavich.
The patient of this post contacted me through a derivation from a colleague from abroad.
Soon after he sent an email, where he explained the reason for his consultation on Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis, I answered that it was not my area and that I treated TMJ Pathologies and Orthodontics and Facial Orthopedics.
The patient insisted, commenting that the colleague that recommended me and knew me from the AACP meeting where I was invited as a lecturer explained to him that he didn´t know if I treated Dystonia, but he thought that considering what he had watched I could help him.
Guest post by Dr. Curtis Westersund
The video shows a patient of Dr. Curtis Westersund suffering from Dystonia who gets relief from an anatomical dental orthotic as a part of her therapy. There were many steps to get to this point and many steps subsequent
Everyone knows what dentists do. Fillings, crowns, root canals, tooth extractions. Practically the last person you want to have to visit. And while for many dentists, this is the limit of the services they offer, there are a growing number of dentists who have a passion for something more. A passion for helping patients with complicated conditions that have caused chronic pain, limited normal function and producing long term damage.
It is these dentists who are looking at how the simple act of someone bringing their upper and lower teeth together can create long term and far reaching painful consequences.