An evolving understanding of the relationship between bite and movement disorders

Through many case histories of cerebral palsy patients, Parkinson’s patients, dystonia, tourettes, and autism patients- a general understanding is emerging which points to the conclusion that jaw misalignment is at the basis of most movement disorders.  That includes postural abnormalities (scoliosis, torticollis, etc.), repetitive movements, tremors, and self stimming behaviors.  The mechanisms are clear in the medical literature: 1)second order trigeminal neurons impacting reticular formation, 2) substance P modulation of movement, and 3) retruded jaw causing forward head posture which causes thoracic outlet entrapment of brain blood flow (based on research of Dr. Noda). A properly designed treatment is proving effective at reversing many of these conditions through alternative non-pharmaceutical means.

An example of this relationship  is the extensive Japanese research which has shown that anytime the bite is lowered on one side, it causes increased muscle tension on the opposite side of the body.  This leads to exhaustion, weakness and palsy on the hypertonic side of the body.  Not unlike many cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, and torticollis patients.

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