PT (Physical Therapy) vs. GNM

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Adding other disciplines and therapists to the table will also exponentially add to the occlusal challenge since detailed feelings and sensations can be brought down to micron levels where most adjunctive therapists involved outside of the dental arena often do not have a thorough or complete comprehension of such details (they often rely on the human body to adapt).

It is clear that neck work, if done incorrectly, can throw off some ones bite stirring up the CNS (causing one’s teeth to come together in another manner (posterior of a more optimal neuromuscular trajectory, jaw closing path) where cusps and fossa are now colliding in ways that trigger further muscle tension response. So the cycle of pain and discomfort, stress and anxiety will continue if all who are involved in this level of detailed treatment do not understand these delicate, yet very important, G+NM occlusal principles.  A need for accuracy, patience and precisional awareness is key. It will take time for the medical and dental profession to fully comprehend this. Nothing will happen over night. Too many cooks in the kitchen will make things very complex, especially if those in the health care profession ignore the importance of optimal dental function and occlusal support.


Skilled physical therapist who understand lower back to upper cervical neck connection can be very helpful in providing key home exercise regiments in order to help in the recovery of aberrant lower back, pelvis, thoracic and upper shoulder muscle strains.  It is the imbalances and weakness of these muscle groups that are not adequately addressed within the dental arena.  The expert PT can give key and effective self help home exercise insights to strengthen weekended muscles to support TMD recovery as adjunct to GNM occlusal stabilization.


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