Cranio Sacral Therapy for Orthodontics
Tempro-mandibular joint, the most frequent mobile joint in man, may show dysfunction due to:
- Multiple, repetitive, minor traumas as in defective dental bite in young people.
- In road traffic / whiplash injury after few weeks of neglected therapy, patients may present by TMJ dysfunction (local pain, headache, tennitus, dizziness, difficulty to swallow, referred muscular-skeletal pain and sleep disturbance…)
In management, we have to consider the etiological factors and address them in therapy. In young people, Orthodontic corrections have to start in parallel with C-S T.
In traumatic cases, direct and indirect, C-S T. has to start first to facilitate normal aliments of the neck and the mastication muscles and release tight fascia and start Cranio-Sacral procedures prior taking 'dental casts' to provide the proper dental appliance to the patient.
- Neck and body fascia release.
- Hyoid bone release.
- Tongue muscles and floor of the mouth release.
- Maxillae mobilization.
- Infra-temporal fosse release and zygoma bone mobilization.
- TMJ compression / decompression.
- Oral trigger points treatment.
- Cranial bones mobilization and Dural Tube release to free nerve roots exits in the cranium and the neck.
Speech Therapists find the above procedures helpful to relax the oral muscles and the tongue to facilitate articulation.
While patients, in General / Orthopedic words are referred to Physiotherapy for rehabilitation - Oral Surgeons would refer their patients to Cranio-Sacral Therapists for their rehabilitation post operatively.