Posts Tagged ‘autonomic nervous system’

TMJ Treatment through Neural Therapy

Studies show that everyday millions of people struggle with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). It causes pain that disrupts daily life making basic activities a hassle when they shouldn’t be. I want to explain what TMJ is and why I offer neural therapy as a helpful way to control the pain.

The temporomandibular is the joint that connects the jaw and skull, allowing the mouth to open and close. TMJ may develop from teeth grinding, arthritis, or other related bad habits. Symptoms include pain/tenderness in the jaw, face, neck, shoulders, and ears; trouble chewing; chipping and loss of teeth; ringing in ears; and body aches. Treatment options include anti-inflammatory drugs, pain killers, mouth appliances, and surgery. If you aren’t finding any of these helpful, another option to consider is neural therapy.

Neural therapy is a non-invasive, pain management treatment that begins with taking a detailed medical and dental history of the patient to determine the source of the pain being experienced. From there, injections of procaine and ozone (together called “prolozone”) are given into a carefully determined location on the body. Prolozone encourages healing in this area that has been hindered by a previous injury or scar, which are called interference fields. This is beneficial because it smooths out disturbances in the interference fields, allowing the body a chance to stimulate its healing process in an area where it was previously unable. Ozone injections are particularly helpful because ozone oxygenates tissue, improving circulation and activating the immune system. A treatment of one or more injections are given over a course of several weeks in order to allow for the body to heal properly and naturally. This treatment has been very influential in helping those who are struggling with TMJ, getting to the root of jaw and mouth pain.

If your TMJ is causing you pain and you aren’t satisfied with other treatment programs, I encourage you to consider neural therapy as a safe and effective way to control the pain and help your jaw function properly!

Dr. Glenn Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

http://www.dds4smiles.com

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Neural Therapy Injections

Neural therapy is administered via injections at specific sites. These sites are not the same for every person, however. A thorough evaluation of your medical history will help me determine where the injections are needed. Neural therapists are specially trained this way. We must be familiar with the specific autonomic nervous system (ANS) pathways where trouble in one area may link to another area.

Procaine, often generically referred to as novocaine, is a common local anesthetic used in dentistry. It is also the primary ingredient in neural therapy injections, which is convenient for me. Procaine has a special talent for this kind of treatment because, injected intravenously, it clears up interference fields and miscommunications, and it restores balance in the ANS, which usually clears up pain or other irregularities.

Depending on the problem, I may prepare a cocktail of both procaine and ozone for an extra-powerful boost of oxygen. A simple lack of oxygen causes and contributes to all kinds of issues in the human body. The causes behind this range from simple to complex, but it is a common factor in every single person with a health complaint or chronic disease. Adding ozone (read: pure oxygen) to the injection addresses the potential lack of oxygen at the site and stimulates healing. I might even bring the laser into the picture, which will address a host of other factors contributing to the problem.

For a patient undergoing neural therapy, treatment may be complete within a single visit, but sometimes it requires repetition. It’s different for every person. Because it is very safe, simple, and minimally invasive, making the decision to try it is easy for most patients.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

http://www.dds4smiles.com

What Is Neural Therapy?

So far, neural therapy has been a great success with my patients. One had been suffering pain from past car accident trauma. The lingering pain lasted for months and months with no respite from other treatments and therapy, but a brief period of neural therapy cleared up the pain completely. Another was suffering severe hormone imbalance causing amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea — not your typical injury-related pain, but neural therapy cleared that up for her too.

Obviously, neural therapy serves great purposes in dentistry and dental surgery. But why stop there when there are so many other things it could help? And how does one treatment cover such a broad scope of issues?

I introduced neural therapy in my previous post as an alternative method of treating chronic pain, but it is not limited strictly to pain. Neural therapy targets local disturbances caused by the autonomic nervous system (ANS). These disturbances — called interference fields — are caused by electric signals at certain sites sending the wrong messages to the ANS, thereby causing discomfort or dysfunction.

Interference fields in one area can disrupt an entirely different area of the body. This is why some problems are impossible for your conventional practitioner to diagnose. We’re dealing with a complex network of electricity, and the body functions as one whole unit. If one system is “off,” another will most likely be affected. This is why a thorough, comprehensive medical history of each individual patient is crucial before beginning neural therapy. A neural therapist must know the ANS pathways in order to provide effective treatment.

How is this beautifully simple treatment carried out? And how can neural therapy help you specifically? We’ll find out in the next posts!

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

http://www.dds4smiles.com

Neural Therapy

Any of my readers out there know about neural therapy? It is something I have been looking to add as a service offered to my patients. This method first began in Germany; however, most of the literature has not been translated into English, and not much interest or effort has been put into its research in America. Thus it is not commonly found in the US, though Europe and South America recognize it as effective treatment.

Neural therapy is an alternative method of treating chronic pain caused by an upset autonomic nervous system. Specific anesthetics are injected into the body — in my case, it’s a cocktail of anesthetic and ozone, but more about that later — on a repeated basis until pain is relieved and the body is allowed to start healing. I’ll talk more about how that works too.

The treatment is very precise and individualized. A comprehensive medical background check must be taken before therapy begins, for each patient’s specific history and current pain problem will determine where the injection sites must be.

Neural therapy centralizes on the electrical currents running through our bodies and is thus a unique approach to pain management. And it is not even limited to pain.  Neural therapy may correct other disturbances throughout the body as well, disturbances that may not have been identified as issues running back to the nervous system. It may be very good news for patients who are told it’s all in their heads.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

http://www.dds4smiles.com