Childhood and Adolescent Headaches: Physicians often miss the easy diagnosis. Developmental issues need to be addressed at an early age.

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The failure of the medical community to address the neuromuscular and myofascial  pain aspects of pediatric headaches and migraines in conjunction with trained dentists is problematic to children’s health.  Early referral to dentists trained in treating airway, sleep disordered breathing , myofascial pain and dysfunction and TMD disorders   can be life changing. Referral information:  https://thinkbetterlife.com/referrals/ Children with severe or …

TMJ Disorders and Widespread Body Pain. A New Article

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A new article in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation looks at wide spread body pain particularly musculoskeletal pain and joints. In a study with 337 participants it was found that those patients with TMD disorders were 5.5 times more likely to present with other areas of joint pain compared to those without TMD. TMD muscle disorders, usually MPD or myofascial …

Chicago: Management of Chronic Headaches with Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks and Stimulation

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A new article published in June looks at Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) Blocks as a treatment of choice for headache management. This treatment will apply to Hemicrania continua; Migraine headache; Paroxysmal hemicrania; Sphenopalatine ganglion block; Trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias as well as muscle contraction headaches and tension and sinus headaches The article discusses combining SPG Blocks and combining with Stimulation utilizing stimulation …

TMJ and Postural Stability: Posturology and Homeostasis Work Together

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This is a new study discussing postural Stability and Myogenous TMD Patients.  The conclusions shows that patients with myogenous TMD have less postural stbility.  This has long been known to many coaches where oral appliances improve performancwe in most sports including golf, football, baseball, martial arts etc. CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates a significant difference in body postural stability between subjects …

The Aqualizer Appliance as Short Term Diagnostic Tool.

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The Aqualizer Appliance is a hydraulic appliance that is self balancing and creates muscle relaxation and reduced myofascial pain in TMJ disorder patients.  It works on a simple law of Physics called Pascals Third Law.  There are many uses for both acute conditions and chronic conditions.  It is often good to think of it as a waterbed for your jaws allowing …

Orofacial Pain is often the First Sign of Cardiac Disorders and Myocardial Infarction

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Patients with orofacial pain most commonly have myofascial pain but it is always important to remember that orofacial pain is the most frequent first symptom of Cardiac pain. This has been published in numerous locations including: Craniofacial Pain as Sole Prodromal Symptom of Acute Myocardial Infarction. Conference Paper · July 2010 (Abstract below) Conference: IADR General Session 2010 (Additional references …

Lake Forest TMJ and Migraine Video Testimonials

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There are over 100 patient video testimonials on my youtube channel for Lake Forest / Highland Park patients to view prior to visiting my new Highland Park office.  View Videos below: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk9Bfz6pklC7_UluWFHzLrg/videos I am the Immediate Past Chair of the Alliance of TMD organizations and have over 35 years experience in diagnosing and treating difficult TMJ and chronic pain patients. …

Anxiety and TMJ Disorders: Neuromuscular Dentistry Addresses both issues.

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TMJ disorders and Anxiety are closely linked. Anxiety is fueled by excessive sympathetic output in the autonomic nervous system. tends to increase TMD Symptoms. Neuromuscular Dentistry is especially good at addressing both of these issues. The Myomonitor is a ULF-TENS unit used to relax masticatory muscles to achieve a healthy rest position for the lower jaw. While it pulses the …

Myofacial Trigger Point Injection to Treat Tension Headache and Migraine

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The majority of all headaches are partially or completely caused by or aggravated by myofascial trigger points in the head and neck region. The best doctors to do trigger point injections are usually dentists trained in treating TMJ disorders. These trigger points can often be treated non-invasively by myotherapy, acupressure and one of the most effective treatments is the use …

Chicago Center for Applied Neuromuscular Dentistry

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Dr Ira Shapira has made his Highland Park office a center for applied neuromuscular dentistry. While neuuromuscular Dentistry is amazing for cosmetic and restorative dental procedures practical applications allows treatment and elimination of a wide variety of chronic pain conditions. The start of treatment is based on a Diagnostic Neuromuscular Orthotic and the application of ULF-TENS or Ultra Low Frequency …