Dr Shodjaee Newsletter
Osteopathy & Dentistry Jan 2007


in this issue


Distortion of the Jaws (MALOCCLUSION)

Signs of Malocclusion

Birth Trauma and Malocclusion



CranioSacral Therapy
CST was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger (above) following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics. CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

Migraine Headaches, Chronic Neck and Back Pain, Motor-Coordination, Impairments, Colic, Autism, Central Nervous System Disorders, Orthopedic Problems, Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries, Scoliosis, Infantile Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Chronic Fatigue, Emotional Difficulties, Stress and Tension-Related Problems, Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders, Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), Neurovascular or Immune Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Post-Surgical Dysfunction,

  Dear Farid,

Cranio-Dental Orthopedics
Dentists and Osteopaths are working together more and more nowadays. This makes great sense, because there is a fundamental relationship between proper, balanced movement in the face and mouth and in the rest of the body. In other words, there is a body attached to the head! The connection between the position of the teeth when the jaw is closed (OCCLUSION) and how osteopathy can influence this by working on the head and body as a whole is very complicated.

Most people think that the skull and the face are made up of a bones that do not move. From the observation and work of skilled osteopaths, however, it is clear that the head is instead a dynamic and mobile structure. All the bones in the cranium are designed to move, or "breathe" slightly - the primary respiratory mechanism or PRM. The sutures joining the bones together are like movable hinges, allowing a gentle spreading; this gives a pumping action to the system, without which it will not work as it should.


  • Distortion of the Jaws (MALOCCLUSION)

    In my practice I am concerned with the size, shape and relationship of your teeth so that they fit together properly. Underdeveloped or distortion of one or both jaws and therefore the teeth are well recognized in dentistry. Corrections must be done directly by developing the arches and straightening the teeth by various kind of braces. We need our jaws to fit together well to have a healthy gums and teeth. The joints and the soft tissues that work the jaws also depend on this. If all is as it should be, we can talk, chew and grind without causing any problems. The ligament that attaches the teeth to its socket is called the periodontal ligament. It is highly sensitive and richly supplied with nerve fibers. This is how we are aware of even the smallest variation of pressure on each tooth remember what it feels like to have a piece of celery string caught between your teeth! This sensitivity shows how important it is to have even contact between the teeth.

  • Signs of Malocclusion

    There are a number of clear signs and symptoms that show problems in how a personís jaw fits together. Among these are heavily worn teeth, shiny spots or grooves on fillings and teeth that are not straight in the jaw. The patient may also have had problems with broken teeth or fillings; clenching or grinding of teeth (especially at night); white lines in the mouth; and scalloped edges to the tongues. Malocclusion can begin with a difficult birth, inherited problem of too many or too few teeth, a blow to the face or jaw or poor diet can also create difficulties. Even where it looks like a child may have inherited some problems, though, there are likely t be other factors that could benefit from osteopathic and dental treatment. Ideally, treatment should begin as soon as possible after the birth.

  • Birth Trauma and Malocclusion

    Osteopathic work with the primary respiratory mechanism has further recognized the significance of such trauma. The process of birth can sometimes compress the head, and such babies may have asymmetric faces and unusually high palates. Habits such as breathing through the mouth, thumb- sucking, tongue-thrusting, biting the lips, sleeping only on one side of the face and early or late loss of baby teeth are signs of difficulties that must be treated as soon as possible. Osteopath and your dentist can work together to remedy the situation. If the compression are treated early enough by an Osteopath the results may be twofold: immediate release of the restriction; and gradual remolding of the abnormalities in the structure of the jaws. The best insurance against future malcurvature of the spine and malocclusion is when the osteopath removes the restrictions in the newborn that prevent the normal movement of the primary respiratory mechanism (PRM) in the head.

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