In GNM understanding it sees the need to move spastic tight muscles toward a state of relaxed rested muscles by establishing proper muscle lengths to their more optimal resting states (via low frequency myomontor TENs) and the support of proper doctor instructions to assist in bringing the jaw/condylar/disc system to a physiologic positioning.
Tight paining muscles that contribute to head pains, neck pains, jaw pains and often teeth sensitivities are a result most often from over shortened muscle lengthening because of poor jaw positioning (e.g., over closed bites in the posterior region, mandibles posteriorly positioned – strained, anteror open bites with posterior teeth in constant contact). This is why the GNM trained dentist implements a removable orthotic that is custom designed and fitted to the patient’s rested muscle position by repositioning these strained muscles to a normalized (homeostasis) state.
Eliminating the Need for Muscle Pain Medications and Anti-Depressants
Lactic acid that builds up in muscle fibers (acid environment – pathologic) produces the sensations of pain and discomfort. Normalizing a more relaxed muscle length and posture of all the muscles of mastication produces a homeostatic state (aerobic – health). By addressing these fundamental aspects of muscle physiology one can shift the need of pharmeceutical medications to natural non medication therapy that has been used to mask and band aid the underlying muscle tension problems of the jaw dysfunction/TMD.
This is how it is possible to naturally treat TMD cases without the need for Rx medications and their dependency in the long run. The body wants to heal itself naturally if proper jaw posture can be first re-established for TMD patients. Guessing the bite/occlusion is not recommended and or an acceptable clinical method for diagnosis nor treatment of TMD.
GNM: A Measured Approach
GNM measures, quantifies and identifies the problems with the aid and help of electronic computerized technology. The doctor uses their training, knowledge and diagnostic understanding to interpret the data correctly to make an informed assessment. The doctor must use his/her clinical skills and hands on abilities to make the required occlusal adjustments on the orthotic in order to fine to the details of the bite (mandibular movements of the patients muscles and jaw joints) which is important to make the orthotic device feel comfortable in the mouth and effective therapeutically. It does take some time, but it is the fastest way I know to help patients shift from severe pain to no pain in the shortest period of time, especially when there is the presence of: 1) masticatory jaw dysfunction problems, combined with 2) jaw joint derangment problems and 3) pain.
When an individual who has two or more of these three problems (which is very common among most TMD paining individuals), then all parties involved in the diagnosis and treatment of this individual must understand that there is no quick fix to complex TMJ problems. Realize the GNM trdoctor and patient are doing the best they can to remedy a long standing chronic problem using GNM principles and technology that is effective and proven successful!