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Dental functional therapy for movement disorders

Movement Disorders and Functional Neuromuscular Dentistry

Functional neuromuscular dentistry has achieved considerable success in the US for several years. The focus is on the relief of the head joint, cranial nerves, spinal cord and autonomic nervous system in the head and neck area by bite aids.

A wrong bite brings bad stress in the jaw and head joints, it can cause pressure in the chewing and neck muscles and thus also to pressure on nerves. This pressure can be relieved via neuromuscular measured Aufbissbehelfe optimally position the teeth and jaws.

Bruised, blocked or irritated nerves and other structures in the jaw and head joints and cervical spine are relieved and can function better again. Movement disorders such as torticollis, Tourette, Parkinson u.a. may benefit from this, nerves which are e.g. Causes tics and tremors are no longer stimulated by discharge, movement limitations of the cervical spine are eliminated. The therapy is always accompanied by body therapy measures such as atlastherapie, osteopathy, manual therapy and physiotherapy.

In other neuromuscular movement disorders such as spasticity, Parkinson’s, neurological gait disorder, Huntington’s chorea or other brain dysfunction, a false bite and temporomandibular joint deformity may have an impact on these conditions.

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Torticollis – Symptoms and Causes

Dystonia, dystonia or torticollis – there are many names for the misconception known in the vernacular as “torticollis”. The Latin term Torticollis means translated “twisted” or “slated neck”. Those affected are significantly restricted in their freedom of movement and struggle with an involuntary malposition of the head or neck, which either can not be lifted at all or only through pain.

Whether acquired from birth or later, a torticollis can have several causes. These include injuries, accidents, neurological causes, and infections are also discussed. The fact that even dental and orthodontic problems cause or contribute to a torticollis is largely unknown.

La Tourette – Symptoms and Causes

The Tourette Syndrome, also known as “Tic Attack” in English, expresses itself in sudden movements or vocalizations that can not be controlled by those affected. It was first described by Gilles de la Tourette. The attacks can manifest themselves very differently, such as blinking, kicking, coughing, twitching or in loud repetition of words and involve a great impairment of the patients. They usually begin in childhood and are allegedly based on a genetic nerve disease for which no DNA sequence has been found so far. They are 4 times more common in men and appear to be related to ADD and ADHD syndrome.

A clear cause could not be found so far, it is suspected metabolic connections (neurotransmitters) and treated with strong drugs, which usually bring unpleasant side effects.

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Functional neuromuscular dentistry and movement disorders

The tooth position and the temporomandibular joint position are closely related to the head posture. The position of the cervical spine and the shoulder girdle is also decisively influenced by the position of the teeth, the jaw and consequently also the temporomandibular joints. A malposition of the jaws to each other (back, front, cross, deep bite) is often one-sided. This can lead to lateral inclinations of the head. There are also forward and backward inclinations and combinations by Fehlbissstellungen.

In functional dentistry, the relationship between malposition of the jaw and malpositions of the head and posture is considered and treated. A splint therapy that is specifically tailored to the malposition of the jaw and the head joints, can cause significant changes here. In addition to creating a bite splint, functional dentistry also works with body therapy measures, such as osteopathy or manual therapy, as well as posture-improving measures. Only in this way is it possible to find the optimal bite for the patient and to positively influence and treat maladjustments such as torticollis and tics in Tourette.

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Dr. Stefanie Morlok
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81241 München

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Dr. Stefanie Morlok
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86919 Utting am Ammersee

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