Migraine headaches are often untreated, misdiagnosed, and/or undiagnosed. Women are three times more likely than men to suffer from migraine headaches. There is no absolute cure for migraines since its pathophysiology has yet to be fully understood. At the present time, the treatments of choice consist of medication, biofeedback mechanisms, relaxation techniques, and botox injections. This may be surprising, but many patients who suffer from migraine headaches usually suffer from headaches due to a TMJ disorder.
Many patients who have migraine headaches have had medical doctors misdiagnose their condition and usually treat them by prescribing medication to temporarily treat their symptoms. At Legacy Dental Care, we can provide treatment options without the use of medication to help treat your migraine headaches. Please give us a call at (714) 893-8517 for more information about our migraine headache treatment.
You may be asking yourself, “What does a dentist have to do with movement disorders?” The following paragraphs will explain how the underlying cause of most movement disorders is due to the misalignment of a patient’s TMJ.
Dentists can improve the quality of life of patients who suffer from movement disorders. Treatment can be completed without medication, and focuses on repositioning a patient’s TMJ into the correct position.
Movement disorders of the human body can be divided into two types:
Hyperkinetic and Hypokinetic. Hyperkinetic is characterized by fast-paced or frenetic activity. On the other hand, hypokinetic pertains to diminished power of movement or motor function, which may or may not be accompanied by a mild form of paralysis. The proceeding paragraphs will briefly discuss some of the most common movement disorders.
An essential tremor is a movement disorder that often results in an involuntary, rhythmic shaking of the hands and nodding of head. 50% of the cases are inherited. Essential tremor is one of the most common movement disorders affecting adults over the age of 40. The cause of this movement disorder is unknown. However, the main methods of treatment by medical professionals are medication and DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation).
Tourette’s syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, involuntary movements and vocalizations called TICS. The early symptoms of TS are typically noticed in childhood, with the average onset between the ages of 3 and 9 years old. Males are affected more often than females.
TICS are classified as either simple or complex. Simple motor tics are sudden, brief, repetitive movements. Some of the more common simple tics include blinking of the eyes, facial grimacing, shoulder shrugging and head or shoulder jerking. Simple vocalization might include repetitive throat-clearing, sniffing or grunting sounds. Complex tics are distinct, coordinated patterns of movements involving several muscle groups. Some of the complex motor tics might include facial grimacing combined with a head twist and a shoulder shrug. Sniffing or touching objects, hopping, jumping, bending or twisting. Simple vocal tics including throat-clearing sniffing, snorting grunting or barking. More complex vocal tics include words or phrases.
TS can be diagnosed by neurologists, psychiatrists or medical doctors. It is usually diagnosed after verifying that the patient has motor and/or vocal tics for at least 1 year. There are no blood, laboratory, or imaging tests for the diagnosis.
As for the treatment of TS, most consist of treating the symptoms. Traditional methods include taking medication (which may have many side effects) and or DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) which is a surgical procedure done if all else fails by placing electrodes into the brain.
Dystonia is a movement disorder that causes involuntary contractions and spasms of the muscles. These muscle contractions force one or more parts of the body into repetitive, twisting movements and abnormal postures. It can involve one muscle or many muscles throughout the body. Symptoms can be mild to severe and the cause is unknown. Treatment options include mainly medication and deep brain stimulation.
Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disease of the brain that causes several movement disorders. Men are more likely to suffer from this disorder. The following is a list of common Parkinson’s disease symptoms:
A very large percentage of patients suffering from movement disorders have an underling TMJ disorder. At Legacy Dental care, we can realign the lower jaw to its proper relationship to the skull. With a corrected height of the upper and lower teeth, his/her movement disorder symptoms will greatly improve. There is no medication, injections and or surgery involved with this treatment method.
If you have any questions regarding movement disorders and/or treatment options, please give our office a call and schedule for a free consultation.