small study-but note it mentions better blood flow to the brain,
Cranio. 2011 Jan;29(1):57-70.
Neuromuscular orthotics in the treatment of craniomandibular dysfunction and the effects on patients with multiple sclerosis: a pilot study.
SourceMultidisciplinary Association for The Study of Cranio-Cervical Pain, Edmonton. firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of this pilot study was to identify, measure and document an effect on the subjective multiple sclerosis symptoms and compare it to any objective data changes in the neuromuscular system of the head and neck, following the correction of the jaw position using a neuromuscular orthotic. The hope is to provide clinical evidence of improvement in the disease long-term without relying on the subjective evidence of remissions and exacerbations reported by the patient. The evidence found in the current pilot study measured improvement of head position, jaw position, jaw function, and airway in the neuromuscular bite position, which correlated with the improvement of subjective symptoms of craniomandibular dysfunction and multiple sclerosis. Studies show that the bite affects blood flow in the brain, which may explain the improvement of the patients in the current study.
PMID:21370770[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Publication Types, MeSH TermsPublication TypesComparative StudyMeSH TermsAdultAxis/radiographyCephalometryCerebrovascular Circulation/physiologyCervical Atlas/radiographyCone-Beam Computed TomographyCraniomandibular Disorders/physiopathologyCraniomandibular Disorders/therapy*Dental Occlusion, CentricFemaleHead/anatomy & histologyHumansJaw Relation RecordMaleMandible/pathologyMandible/physiopathologyMandibular Condyle/radiographyMiddle AgedMultiple Sclerosis, Relapsing-Remitting/physiopathologyMultiple Sclerosis, Relapsing-Remitting/therapy*Neck/anatomy & histologyOdontoid Process/radiographyOrthotic Devices/classification*Pharynx/pathologyPharynx/physiopathologyPilot ProjectsPosture/physiologyTemporomandibular Joint/radiographyTomography, X-Ray ComputedVertical DimensionYoung Adult
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