Postural Colapse and Dental Arches

In this post you can find an animations that reproduce the postural colpase of the skeletal structure on different planes and its relation with the height and shape of the dental arches.

Posture can be defined as the position and alignment of the fulcri of various bio-mechanical levers that muscles use to support the spine and the head.

If the axis of the plane of dental occlusion is not aligned with the baricentre of the skull and the axis of the spine, the result is postural collapse.

Sagital Plane

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Frontal plane

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A sinking and twisting skull brings about postural collapse and twisting of internal organs: when the stomach, esophagus and intestines are twisted, the digestive process suffers; intestinal transit becomes troublesome: the rib cage gets twisted and blocked reducing lung capacity; the heart and blood circulation are affected.

Moreover, the inability to chew food correctly to create a pre-digested bolus makes digestion in the stomach more difficult.

Many conditions that affect the proper function of internal orgqns can be linked to a biomechanical issue of alignment of the axis of the spine, skull and mandible.

The Head and Cervical Spine

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Navigate Through this Blog

Please be advised that this blog is a “work in progress” that is only a few weeks old and manifestly and evidently needs constant improvement to achieve the accuracy, validity and scientific standards that we wish to maintain.

We are using this blog to report on the progress of the research and experimental treatment that we are carrying out, as we develop it in real time and within the limits of time and resources that bind us.

Your commentaries, peer review, corrections and even financial support are very wellcome.

To further understand our reasearch, approach and method, please read:

The Molar Lever
Our analysis of the bio-machinics of the Molar Lever and how dental occlusion is related to posture and skeletal allignment.

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.

The Rectifier
A description of the adaptive intra-oral aplliance -dental splint – that we use to treat Cervical Dystonia and the orthopedic forces that it produces by progressively pushing the mandible in retrusion, maxila in extrusion and elevating the skull by stretching and aligning the cervical vertebrae.

Resources
Bibliography and links to scientific research on the treatment of Dystonia and other neurological movement disorders with a bio-mechanical approach.

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.

Beginning of Treatment
Postural analisys, MR evidence and description of the situation of our patient at the beginning of this experimental treatment.

First Rectifier: Cross-Bite Splint with Lateral Moral Lever Effect
Description of the dental splint that we are using for the first two weeks of treatment and the logic behind the selection of the direction and nature of the orthopedic forces that it produces.

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.

What is Dystonia?
A short description of the symptoms and clinical definition of Dystonia for those who are not familiar with this desease.

Team
Curricula of the team of professionals who are participating and contributing to this research project.

Patients
Please read this page if you are suffering from Cervical Dystonia and wish to try this experimental biomechanical treatment and be a part of this research project.

Fund Raising
Please read this page if you wish to support this research project financially.

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