The five stones represent a holistic philosophy of health care where a TEAM of interdependent practioners work together to impart healing in our mutual patients. For far too long, each of us has worked independently within our disciplines, with mixed results, as our patients struggle with chronic pain.
This blog, is a celebration of the coming together of health care practioners of varied backrounds, education and expertise, with one comon goal: the well being and healing of those who entrust their care to us. If you have ever had a patient who just didn’t respond to your treatment the way you thought they should, maybe the adjunctive care of an allied health professional is what you need.
If you believe that you can cure all of your patients without any help from anyone else, this blog is NOT for you.
If you are interested in learning more about how other health care disciplines may positively impact the healing of your patients, then you are in the right place. PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOG, participate in the discussions, add your suggestions for treatment and ask questions. Welcome to the mutual journey we will take together for the benefit of all of our patients……
THE FIVE STONES (Not in Higherarchical Order)
THE FIRST STONE: OCCLUSION – The teeth dominate and the Muscles, TM Joint, Airway and Posture have to accommodate. When the teeth are not aligned properly and the mandible closes, it can be forced into a retruded position as the upper and lower teeth occlude. This can initiate a cascade of pathological events….
THE SECOND STONE: MUSCLES – When the teeth force the mandible into a retruded position, the muscles of the head and neck that attach to the mandible become torqued. Muscles which are not Neuromuscularly neutral when at rest will begin to spasm due to poor muscle chemistry. Patients experience muscle spasms as PAIN.
THE THIRD STONE: AIRWAY – A retruded mandible will also bring the tongue to the back of the throat which can cause Airway problems such as Sleep Disordered Breathing, Snoring and Sleep Apnea. 70% off all people with TMJ have Sleep Apnea and 50% of all people with Sleep Apnea have a TM Disorder. The same anatomical pathology which causes TMJ also causes OSA. A retruded tongue due to a distalized Mandible has been show to contribute to Forward Head Posture and can cause Descending Postural Disorders.
THE FOURTH STONE: TM JOINT – Occlusion which forces the mandible to retrude also causes the Condyle to distalize (go to the back) within it’s Fossa, which can cause Popping and Clicking of the TM Joint. Internal derangement within the TM Joint is also responsible for many Otic symptoms such as Stuffy Ears, Tinnitus and Vertigo/Balance problems.
THE FIFTH STONE: POSTURE – Descending Postural Dysfunction occurs when the mandible is not centered below the base of the skull. Studies by Casey Guzay describe how mandibular position is related to the relationship of C1/C2 within the Upper Cervical Spine. Changes of Mandibular Position affect Neck Posture and changes of Neck Posture affect Mandibular Position.