The utilization of using Neuromuscular orthotics to treat or eliminate migraines, tension-type headaches and chronic sinus and facial pain is well established. The correction of postural distortion is also well documentd however the treatment of movement disorders has been primarily anectdotal.
That is beginning to change, the correction of oral and pharyngeal reflexes combined into neuromuscular orthotics allows treatment of more complex disorders.
The OSB, or Oral Systemic Balance appliances promoted by Dr Farand Robson are focused into these reflexes. The work of Brendan C Stack DDS MS, Dr John Beck MD and others in treating Parkinsons is exciting new work. The Academy of Craniofacial Pain is a diamond sponsor of this event.
There are two clips on the Parkinson's Resoure organization website dealing with TMJ and Parkinson's and the group has a meeting in January 2011. http://www.parkinsonsresource.org/press/latest-news/item/11-temporomandibular-joint-disorder-and-parkinson’s-breakthrough
Treatment of TMJ disorders (TMD) can have tremendous effects on posture throughout the body. Posturology is a new field of study and TM Joints, jaw position are only two of many factors affecting total posture.
The brain is are central computer, the effect of jaw problems is to create anI/O error or an input /output error. If bad information is fed into the CNS than bad information comes out.
The Natioonal Heart Lung and Blood Institute has excellent information on TMJ disorders and Sleep Apnea at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/meetings/workshops/tmj_wksp.pdf in a report CARDIOVASCULAR AND SLEEP-RELATED CONSEQUENCES OF TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDERS NHLBI WORKSHOP