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Dentures Causing Weakness

The elderly are at risk of falling, some more than others.

If we start to fall, we need to correct that quickly, which is why it’s important to check your patient’s muscle strength properly, especially the strength of their ECCENTRIC contractions, since these are the ones that are going to prevent them falling.

In this video you can see how I test the strength of an 82 year old lady and find that all of her major muscle groups are weak, how I find the cause in her denture and how she responds to recurring her denture.


Ten days later… the change is still working




 

Monomer is used in the manufacture of some dentures, and while leaching of monomer is small, it sometimes provides enough inhibitory afferent input to affect motor control. Fortunately, this monomer is easily cured and rendered inert with an ultraviolet light, which you can easily find on eBay. I find this needs to be done every 6 months or so if the denture is quite thick (as the monomer diffuses out of the dentures).

Refs:

A long term study on residual monomer release from denture materials.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15232564

Muscle strength rather than muscle mass is associated with standing balance in elderly outpatients.

 

Simon King is the founder of proprioception.org.uk. He teaches health practitioners proprioceptive muscle testing to find and permanently eliminate muscle inhibition by restoring normal afferent input.

Anglo-European College Seminar

aecc seminar pics

Last Saturday I was invited to do an introduction to the proprioceptive paradigm with students from the AECC.

I was extremely impressed with their dedication and enthusiasm. While some started the day sceptical as to what they would find, learning how to find weakness in their patients made so much sense that everyone seemed won over.

One of the most extraordinary findings of the day was the number of young people in weakness from a wire retainer. It’s amazing how we damage whole generations simply because we assume something is safe and because the principles of the proprioceptive paradigm have not reached our consciousness. They are not even on the radar.

And then on Sunday, some of my most dedicated and gifted students gathered to observe and swap notes as I bought in 6 patients to be examined and treated in real time. It was a challenging but  rewarding day and maybe a format worth repeating.  Sorry about the blurred photo.

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The link from dentistry to back pain

In 1994, researchers in Adelaide published an extraordinary study in the Journal of Experimental Brain Research. Turker and colleagues inserted small electrodes into the biting muscles of volunteers. These electrodes were able to measure facilitation and inhibition of those muscles. The researchers then applied slow pressure to a tooth – simulating what would happen if the volunteer was biting through something hard. The measurements showed that slowly increasing pressure facilitated the muscle making it able to contract. The researchers then gave the tooth a brisk tap, simulating the situation where we suddenly bite something hard, like a seed or a stone. The biting muscles were immediately inhibited or switched off.

Chewing and biting turn out to be relatively subconscious activities. Since we don’t actually know how hard something is until we bite it, each tooth socket is filled with nerve sensors that tell our brain how much pressure is on the tooth. These sensors were stimulated by the increasing pressure (as would be the case if we were biting a nut or an apple) and they, in turn cause the bite muscles to fire. If the apple or nut turn out to be harder than we anticipated, the sensors detect more pressure and send more for more output from the muscles – we hardly realise it’s happening. If, however, we are chewing away and suddenly bite something hard and unexpected like a stone or seed, those same sensors detect a sudden increase in pressure and suddenly inhibit or switch off the bite muscles, preventing damage to the tooth.

Remember last time you nearly broke a tooth biting on something unexpected? Were just your jaw muscles affected? No, of course not. Likely your whole body withdrew from the insult.

Nowhere is it more important to realise that sensory input is linked to motor output, than in teeth.

All that subconscious control over our biting, chewing, kissing, talking takes an awful lot of sensory input and an awful lot of subsequent muscle control.

The disproportionate amount of input from the hands and mouth region shows up in the sensory homunculus.

The sensory Homonculus

If proprioception matters to the body, it matters most to the teeth. While much proprioception is processed at a local spinal level, all sensory information ultimately  reaches the sensory lobe of the brain which has direct connections to the motor areas. The function of this sensory lobe has been well mapped and illustrates that a large area of the brain is devoted to processing sensory information from the mouth, lips and teeth.

Proprioceptive irritation to the mouth can cause severe muscle inhibition.

While most dentists are aware that a faulty bite can cause facial and jaw pains, most have no idea that the work they do in the mouth can also result in muscle weakness in almost any other area of the body.

If you are using proprioceptive muscle testing, eventually, you are eventually forced to look at teeth. Sadly, looking at teeth is problematic for reasons of patient preference and expectations, but if you are dedicated to working out the real reasons behind injuries and illness, and the reasons why some physical treatments just never work then you can’t avoid the inevitable. The upside is that nothing else will give you the satisfaction that comes from truly changing someone’s life.

Here are just a few examples:

 

 

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