Dr Shodjaee Newsletter
Welcome to Dr Shodjaee Newsletter April 2005


in this issue


Biological Dentistry Continued

The Cranium

The Dental

The Sacrum



Biological Dentistry Continued

I hope it has become clear that imbalances in any part of this system can interfere with cranial motion and cause disease in our system. Physical traumas such as whiplash injury to the neck or pelvis trauma from falling off a horse, bad posture caused by working in front of computer extensively, and dental problems such as bad bite are examples of things that can disturb the balance in the system. These can cause cranial distortion and restrict cranial motion eliciting clinical symptoms such as headache, dizziness, numbness, muscle spasm, faulty digestion, jaw pain, irregular heart beat, tinnitus, migraines, circulatory problems, chronic fatigue, sinusitis, constipation, neck ache, shoulder ache, eye pain, and facial pain.The following are some common symptoms of temporal bone distortion Conductive hearing loss Disequilibrium (vertigo) Head pain Vagatonia (increased vaga activity) Motor eye dysfunction Dyslexia Recurrent arm and shoulder pain

Treatment of Craniomandibular Dysfunction
The nature of treatment depends where the main mal-alignment or dysfunction originates. but regardless of its origin all the components of the system have to be treated and aligned properly. The Dental Treatment of this Dysfunction is mainly through cranial and/or dental appliances and functional jaw orthopedics and orthodontics. It also includes most often cranial osteopathy treatment.

I have written extensively about this subject in my chapter in the book Open Minds and have explained autonomic nervous system responses resulting from dysfunction in this complex system.

Open Minds
A New Prespective in Healing

Read On...

  Dear Farid,

In this issue I would like to bring to you another very important aspect of Bilogical Dentistry, namely, the Cranial, Dental, Sacral Complex. This area of Biological Dentistry is my passion at this moment and it deals with the structural balance that influences our neurological, mental, emotional and physiological health. The Cranial, Dental, Sacral Complex is composed of our cranium, dental arches and teeth, spinal column and sacrum area. I am afraid this small newsletter wil not do justice to this topic but readers can see the links and other reading material to find out more.


  • The Cranium

    The adult cranium is composed of 28 bones. These bones are attached together at junctions called sutures. In the past, sutures were considered immovable joints, however the work of Dr John Upledger proved that these sutures were viable structures. The cranium is a dynamic structure that is in a constant state of micro-motion. This motion can occur because of the inherent flexibility of bones plus the presence of the expansion joints or sutures that lie between each bone. Architects design buildings, bridges and roads with specific leeway for expansion, contraction and torsion. Nature likewise provides for similar allowances in the flexibility of its hard and soft tissues and their interconnections.

      Read on...
  • The Dental

    This includes dental arches and the teeth. the upper teeth are set in the maxilla. The maxilla is not just a jaw, it represents the front third of the cranial base. If the upper jaw is distorted (crooked teeth, crossed bite, one side higher than the other, canted maxilla, etc.), then the forces generated by the unmatched biting teeth can distort the skull. To make things even more complicated, in the head and neck region there are 136 muscles. Muscle tension or spasm can influence cranial motion. Among these muscles are the muscles of mastication (chewing). Since these muscles are all attached to the skull, improper bite can often trigger muscle spasms, which in turn can jam the sutures and distort the cranial bones. As if this were not enough, dental malocclusion (bad bite) like deep bite, cross bite (front or back), a constricted narrow upper arch, faulty crowns or dentures, high cant of maxilla, or under-developed lower jaw can all contribute to cranial distortion.

      Read on...
  • The Sacrum

    This includes Spinal column and Sacrum area. The Sacrum and the Skull function in harmony together and they are attached by a dural tube. In fact the ilium bones of the pelvis move in direct relationship with Temporal bones of the skull. The dural tube is a continuous membrane that surrounds the brain, passes out of the base of the skull, attaches to the first three cervical vertebrae, and continues down the spinal cord where it finally attaches to the sacrum. This tube is the source for structural disturbances being transmitted from one part of the body to another. Because the body works reciprocally, imbalances in the skull can influence the neck, lower back, and pelvis and the reverse is also true.

      Read on...
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