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Neuromuscular Dentistry can improve the quality of patients lives in miraculous ways. ICCMO, created to increase knowledge in Neuromuscular Dentistry is where patients find top Neuromuscular Dentists
CHICAGO, IL, September 01, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Every patient with chronic pain and every physician, dentist and chiropractor truly interested in changing peoples lives should plan on attending the ICCMO (International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics) meeting from October 1-October 4, 2015 in San Diego at the Catamaran Resort and Spa.
Migraine Patients and other patients with all types of chronic pain should consider being evaluated by a trained neuromuscular dentist. The top physiologic dentists versed in Neuromuscular Dentistry and Musculoskeletal disorders are ICCMO Members.
Integrated TMD Treatments: Solving CranioMandibular Dysfunction Head to Toe
Dr Shapira is also the leading proponent of Self Administered Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks for treating pain. View testimonial videos of his patients: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk9Bfz6pklC7_UluWFHzLrg/playlists
This year's meeting will be of special interest to chiropractors especially NUCCA and Atlas Orthoganol doctors, pain management physicians, physical therapists, sports physicians and more.
The effects of mandibular position on whole body posture is brought together in this unique meeting.
Patients who suffer from pain should encourage their doctors and especially dentists to attend. There are legitimate alternatives to massive drug therapy for patients with chronic daily headaches, migraines and other life destroying pain.
Headaches and Migraines affect 25% of US households. At least 10% of the population suffers from chronic headaches. Dr Ira Shapira, a long time member of ICCMO created WWW.I Hate Headaches.org to to help patients suffering from chronic migraines, sinus headaches, chronic daily headaches, tension headaches and TMJ headaches. Over 95% of all headache patients have Trigeminal Nerve mediated headaches. His premiere website www.ihateheadaches.org has helped thousands of patients understand how the Trigeminal Nerve and the structures it innervates are responsible for the majority of all headaches.
The Trigemino-vascular System and the Trigeminal Cervical Complex are universally acknowledged as the major soure of all migraines and other headaches. Neuromuscular Dentistry alleviates these disorders by creating a physiologic state where healthy neurological input creates life changing results.
Patients often think that TMJ (TMD) disorders are only treated with splints. Dr Ira Shapira utilizes a multifaceted approach to giving patients quick and lasting relief from their chronic pain. He utilizes Diagnostic Neuromuscular Orthotics and has over 30 years experience in Neuromuscular Dentistry. He trained with Barney Jankelson the founder of this field and with Bob Jankelson, his son. In addition to utilizing Neuromuscular Dentistry he is one of only a handful of practitioners to utilize SPG Blocks (Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks), Trigger Point Injections and Spray and Stretch techniques to treat Myofascial Pain and Muscle pain from Fibromyalgia. He trained with Dr Janet Travell who wrote the book Myofacial Pain and Dysfunction: A Trigger Point Manual.
The ICCMO meeting is a must for doctors wanting to truly help their patients improve their quality of life. Dr Shapira is giving a course on the developmental aspects of TMD, Sleep Apnea and ADD and ADHD. Early pediatric key can allow us to grow healthier future generations.
According to the Migraine Research Foundation
"Children Suffer from Migraine Too"
"Migraine is very common in children - about 10% of school-age children suffer.
Half of all migraine sufferers have their first attack before the age of 12. Even infants can have migraines. Migraine has been reported in children as young as 18 months.
Before puberty, boys suffer from migraine more often than girls. The mean age of onset for boys is 7, and for girls it is 11. As adolescence approaches, the incidence increases more rapidly in girls than in boys. This may be explained by changing estrogen levels. By the time they turn 17, as many as 8 percent of boys and 23 percent of girls have experienced a migraine.
The prognosis for children with migraine is variable. However, 60% of sufferers who had adolescent-onset migraine report ongoing migraines after age 30. The prognosis for boys tends to be better than for girls."
Unfortunately, even children are now primarily addressed with significant doses of often dangerous medications. The really sad fact is that many if not most of these problems can be eliminated or reduced by early orthopedic intervention according to Dr Shapira. TMD (TMJ) is not an adult disorder but a chronic developmental problem caused by environmental influences, especilly bottle feeding and allergies.
This link leads to a YouTube Channel of Think Better Life Patient Testimonial videos.
Everyone with chronic TMJ pain, migraines, neck pain or facial pain should view these videos.
According to the Migraine Research Foundation website:
"Migraine is an extraordinarily common disease that affects 36 million men, women and children in the United States. Almost everyone either knows someone who has suffered from migraine, or has struggled with migraine themselves. Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone with migraine. Amazingly, over 10% of the population - including children - suffers from migraine. That's more than diabetes and asthma combined! About 18% of American women and 6% of men suffer from migraine. Migraine is most common during the peak productive years, between the ages of 25 and 55."
TMJ Disorders have been dubbed "The Great Imposter" because the majority of patients are misdiagnosed or only partially diagnosed by the medical community. The Trigeminal Nerve is frequently called "The Dentists Nerve" because it goes to the teeth, periodontal ligaments,, the sinuses, the tongue, the jaw joints and jaw muscles, as well as the tongue, the tensor of the ear drum, the muscle that opens and closes the eustacian tube and a major contribution to the autonomic nervous system. The Trigeminal Nerve also controls the blood flow to the anterior two thirds of the meninges of the brain, or in simple terms the Trigeminal nerve determines whether you will have migraines. The Trigeminal Nerves or Fifth Cranial Nerves is also the single largest contributor to Chronic Headaches and Migraine. Neuromuscular Dentistry is extremely effective in eliminating and treating migraines specifically because of the trigeminal nerve connection. Neuromuscular Dentistry is specifically directed towards eliminating trigeminal nerve nociception or painful input to the central nervous system.
What the majority of the medical community does not know is that TMJ or TemporoMandibular Disorders can have effects on almost every system in the body. The NHLBI or National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH published a report entitled CARDIOVASCULAR AND SLEEP-RELATED CONSEQUENCES OF TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDERS that looked at the far reaching effects of TMJ disorders. The report recognizes the importance of "The masticatory apparatus is not only involved in chewing and swallowing but also in other critical tasks, including breathing and talking."
The NIH report also state, "TMD has been used to characterize a wide range of conditions diversely presented as pain in the face or jaw joint area, masticatory muscle pain, headaches, earaches, dizziness, limited mouth opening due to soft or hard tissue obstruction, TMJ clicking or popping sounds, excessive tooth wear and other complaints."
The report shows that 12% of the population suffers from TMD similar to the number suffering chronic headaches and migraines. The report has a major section on "The Craniofacial Complex and its Impact on Control of Upper Airway Resistance and Cardiopulmonary Function" The report covers the pathophysiology of sleep apnea which is implicated in morning headaches, fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction. It is now well established that oral appliances are a first line approach to treatment of sleep apnea and snoring for mild to moderate sleep apnea and an alternative to CPAP for severe sleep apnea.
The Autonomic portion of the Trigeminal Nerve is a key cause and cure for migraines and headaches. This is because of its innervation of the meninges of the brain and its control of blood flow to the brain. The SPG Block or Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block is sometimes considered a miracle cure for migranes. The popular book "Miracles on Park Ave" dealt specifically with the high efficacy of SPG Blocks in treating pain. The new MiRx protocol (http://www.mirxprotocol.com/) that has been show effective for preventing and treating migraines is actually just a different method of utilizing the SPG Block. Dr Shapira has been teaching utilization of the SPG Block to dentists and other healthcare professionals for many years.
Learn more about SPG Blocks @ http://www.sphenopalatineganglionblocks.com , http://chicago-headaches.blogspot.com and at www.thinkbetterlife.com.
The Mayo Clinic has also clearly stated the importance of the Trigeminal Nerve is headaches and Migraines "Although much about headaches still isn't understood, researchers think migraines may be caused by functional changes in the Trigeminal Nerve system, a major pain pathway in your nervous system, and by imbalances in brain chemicals, including serotonin, which plays a regulatory role for pain messages going through this pathway."
Mayo clinic also states, "During a headache, serotonin levels drop. Researchers believe this causes the Trigeminal Nerve to release substances called neuropeptides, which travel to your brain's outer covering (meninges). There they cause blood vessels to become dilated and inflamed. The result is headache pain."
These meninges are the Trigeminally innervated meninges discussed earlier and the serotonin and neuropeptides are the chemicals produced by nerve cells. These same chemicals are involved in TMJ, TMD and Migraines. The Trigeminal Nerve always utilizes these neurotransmitters not just for migraines. The Trigeminovascular system is the designation for the parts of the trigeminal nerve that creates cranial vascular changes that lead to "so called vascular headaches" such as migraine and cluster headaches.
Dr Shapira spent years doing research into sleep apnea and its connection to jaw position. His early research was done as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the 1980's at Rush Medical School in The Sleep Disorder clinic. He worked closely with Dr Rosalind Cartwright the acknowledged Mother of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr Cartwright recruited Dr Shapira to return to Rush as an Asst Professor in the 1990's till early this century.
The connections between impaired nasopharyngeal breathing and development of ADD and ADHD in children was the topic of a recent lecture Dr Shapira gave in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The development of chronic TMJ disorders, headaches, migraines and postural distortions were all discussed at his lecture to members of ICCMO, The International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics of which Dr Shapira is a Fellow and Secretary. Dr Shapira is a representative from ICCMO to the American Alliance of TMD Organizations and current Chair of the Alliance of TMD Organizations.
In the 1990's Dr Shapira was a star lecturer for the A4M, The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine where he presented his work on the effect of TMJ disorders across ones lifetime. Premature aging and loss of memory and even dementia and Alzheimers disease are part of the same ongoing problem. Sleep Apnea and snoring are types of TMJ disorders according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH in their report: Cardiovascular and Sleep Related Consequences of Temporomandibular Disorders.
Dr Shapira has been utilizing a multifaceted approach toward relieving chronic pain associated with TMJ disorders for over 30 years and is now bringing his expertise to the North Shore Communities of Chicago. He created www.IHATECPAP.com which addressed Sleep Apnea and snoring and utilizing oral appliances to treat these problems. He also created www.ihateheadaches.org that focuses on many types of headaches and the role of Neuromuscular Dentistry in providing relief of these problems. Every patient with chronic pain and every physician, dentist and chiropractor truly interested in changing peoples lives should plan on attending the ICCMO (International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics) meeting from October 1-October 4, 2015 in San Diego at the Catamaran Resort and Spa.
Headaches and Migraines affect 25% of US households. At least 10% of the population suffers from chronic headaches. Dr Ira Shapira, a long time Highland Park resident founded I Hate Headaches.org to to help patients suffering from chronic migraines, sinus headaches, chronic daily headaches, tension headaches and TMJ headaches. Over 95% of all headache patients have Trigeminal Nerve mediated headaches. His premiere website www.ihateheadaches.org has helped thousands of patients understand how the Trigeminal Nerve and the structures it innervates are responsible for the majority of all headaches.
Learn more about SPG Blocks @ http://chicago-headaches.blogspot.com and at www.thinkbetterlife.com.
Dr Ira L Shapira created the I HATE CPAP (www.ihatecpap.com) and I HATE HEADACHE (www.ihateheadaches.org) websites to help patients find help with these difficult medical disorders that medicine can frequently not treat adequately without a dental collaboration. Dr Shapira did research in the 1980's as a visiting assistant professor at Rush Medical School where he worked with Rosalind Cartwright PhD who is primarily responsible for the entire field of Dental Sleep Medicine. He also studied with Dr Barney Jankelson who created the initial concepts that neuromuscular dentistry still uses today and created a company Myotronics that is the leading manufacturer of instrumentation used by Neuromuscular Dentistry.
Dr Shapira is the current Chair, Alliance of TMD Organizations
Dr Shapira is a Diplomate of The American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, and a Fellow of the International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO). He is a former national and International Regent of ICCMO, its current Secretary and the representative to the Alliance of TMD organizations or the TMD ALLIANCE has a general dental practice (http://www.delanydentalcare.com) in Gurnee, Il and has recently started Chicagoland Dental Sleep Medicine Associates with offices in Vernon Hills and Highland Park. Patients in Northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin can contact Dr Shapira by phone toll free at 1-8-NO-PAP-MASK OR 1-800-TM-JOINT or thru his websites at http://www.ihateheadaches.org or http://www.chicagoland.ihatecpap.com.
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