Cascade Dentist Biomechanics - Sacred Movement


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Cascade Dentist Biomechanics - Sacred Movement

  1. 1. BIOMECHANICS- SACRED MOVEMENT Written by Dr. Kevin Flood , Dr. Kevin Flood’s Dental and Wellness Center This article will address this month’s theme of sacred movement. The movement I want to explore is the unconscious biomechanical compensation patterns our bodies develop as a result of stress and strain. Chronic pain can have its origins from numerous sources. However over the past 25 years researchers have demonstrated that a high percentage of chronic pain originates from biomechanical structural imbalances from various parts of the body. The architectural design of the human body has structural balance as its basic theme. The human body is designed to function at right angles. These right angles can easily be assessed by drawing a vertical line down through the center of the body from the tip of the head to the feet. In a biomechanically balanced body all the horizontal lines that connect matching parts (ears, eyes, shoulders, knees, and ankles) must form a right angle to this center line. Structurally the human body might best be imagined as a slinky: any distortion can distortion in the head or jaws can descend downward, and any structural distortion from below can ascend into the head. This compensation pattern conforms to Newton’s Third Law of physics: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” The planes of the hips, shoulders, and head are designed to be level when a patient is in weight bearing position. The postural muscles then stabilize the body in this orientation. When these planes are not in level, the skeletal muscles, which are designed to “move” us must be recruited in an effort to support an “unbalanced” structure. These muscles are not designed for long-term static or isometric activity. Consequently these muscles becomes tender, tighten, and spastic. Attempts to relax these over worked muscles will not produce a long-term result. The structure must be leveled and aligned, then the muscles will relax. Davis’ law states “the shorter the length of the muscle the stronger it becomes.” As these muscles become spastic they pull harder on the bones to which they are attached creating more imbalance. When parallelism and balance is lost, imbalances with potential debilitating symptoms that can occur in various parts of the body for a very long time if these imbalances are not properly addressed. These latent structural imbalances can cause the body to be in a constant active, adaptive state and often be the source of chronic fatigue. In contrast, those individuals who are structurally balanced: they have a stable pelvis, spine, and cranium and good tooth alignment (poor tooth alignment will result in cranial distortions that descend creating compensation patterns in the body), will spend considerably less energy to maintain balance and overall are better able to cope with the stresses placed on their physical body.
  2. 2. A twelve year study was conducted by a fifteen member research team of Ph.D.’s, physicians, and dentists at the Children’s Medical Center in Osaka, Japan. These researchers found a high correlation between jaw imbalances (resulting from problems that ascended from the body resulting in compensation patterns that occurred in the head and jaw or primary jaw problems related to the way the teeth fit together or the parallelism of the lower jaw) and varied medical problems. Since 1983, over 20,000 patients have been studied for various medical complaints that had no definitive diagnosis for the underlying cause. These maladies included headaches, asthma, allergies, postural problems (scoliosis: curvature of the spine), Parkinson’s disease, respiratory problems, epilepsy, gynecological problems, eye problems, facial and neck pains, etc. Each patient was treated with a dental orthopedic appliance that established a corrected, balanced jaw position. In 66..6% of the patients treated with this approach there was either a reduction in symptoms or total resolution of their problems. No other form of treatment other than the dental correction of the jaw position was utilized. Chronic headaches and pain can be a descending problem from the head and jaw or an ascending problem from the body. Treatment of chronic pain is a big problem in our society: 40% of the worlds population experience severe headaches in their lifetime; 20 million people seek out care for disabling headaches each year in the US alone; and 3 billion dollars are spent per year on the diagnosis and treatment of head pain. At present, treatment methods have proven ineffective for long-term relief. It is my opinion that the reason that our health care system has been so ineffective is the lack of a “global vision” when treating these problems. In an era of specialization and fragmentation of specialists, they have lost a unifying vision with the ability to incorporate other health care providers into their paradigm in order to properly diagnose and treat chronic pain. Next month the theme of the magazine will be self nourishment and in keeping with the theme I will continue with this theme and discuss how the readers can identify their own structural imbalances. Dr. Kevin Flood’s Dental and Wellness Center -- For a complete and holistic Grand Rapids Dental Services, contact Dr. Kevin Flood DDS. Cascade, Ada, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Caledonia, Wyoming, Bryon Center, Jenison, Rockford and Grandville, Michigan.