How to – Rehab for Upper Cervical Instability

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

In this blog we argue that bio-mechanical failures, impairment and derangement within the upper cervical and lower cranial area can trigger neurological dystonic symptoms.

In the post Bio-Mechanics of Dystonia we describe 10 kinds of bio-mechanical derangement, injuries and impairmeents that are observed in patients suffering from Dystonia. We have also developed a Porotocol for the Treatment of Dystonia based on addressing, reducing and treating those bio-mechanical impairments.

In this post we describe some guided exercises that can increase muscle strenght and flexibility, as well as cervical stability and alignement.

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The Cause of Gareth Bale’s Injuries

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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.

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Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis: Positive Evolution after Neurophysiological Treatment

Guest post by Dr. Lidia Yavich.

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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.

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Chronic Pain, Posture and the Dentist 

Guest post by Dr. Curtis Westersund

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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.

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Neurological Rehab for Dystonia

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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.

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The ALF

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In this post we will describe the appliance that can be used to unravel cranial distortions and collapse: the ALF.

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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.

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Protocol for the Treatment of Dystonia

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Results of 6 months of splint therapy with the protocol described below

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

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

CONTENTS

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.

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