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.
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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.
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.
In order to learn more about the protocol that we have developed for the treatment of Dystonia, you should be familiar with the theory that we set out to test as we describe in the post A Bio-Mechanical Approach to Cervical Dystonia.
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. Gerald H. Smith.
Results of 6 months of splint therapy with the protocol described below
In this post we will outline the DIY (do it yourself) protocol that we have developed for the treatment of Cervical Dystonia.
This protocol does not invent anything new. It 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 such as: Dr. Gelb (father and son), Dr. Gerber, Dr. Bennet, Dr. Stacks, Dr. Brown, Dr. Mew (father and son), Starecta, Dr. Lee, Dr. Nordstrom, Dr. Sims.
A complete bibliography of the relevant research papers is published in the page of this blog dedicated to Resources
We will start this exposition by describing the symptoms of the tipical case that we wish to treat with this protocol.
Next, we will describe the 3 phases that make up the protocol:
1) Phase 1: Stabilization of TMJ
2) Phase 2: Structural Alignment
3) Phase 3: Finishing Prosthetics
In order to implement this protocol correctly, you should be familiar with the concepts and procedures we introduced in the post dedicated to Principles of Splint Therapy and with the theory that we set out to test as we describe in the post A Bio-Mechanical Approach to Cervical Dystonia.