Cranial-Dental, Breathing, Low Back, and Hip Connection
There are no accidents in the universe. Miriam Denum was referred to my office for a broken temporary bridge. The patient related a primary chief complaint of tooth sensitivity to heat. Before repair of Miriam’s bridge, her cranium was assessed. The premise is real simple. If the foundation is crooked, restoring the broken bridge into the crooked skull would only lock in the existing distortion. The cranial examination revealed temporal bone distortions and a reversed motion of the base of the skull. When the patient was questioned regarding other symptoms like low back or neck pain, she replied that she was suffering from low back and hip pain. She also stated that she was unable to take a deep breath because of restrictions in her chest.
Treatment involved doing a comprehensive cranial adjustment to correct the existing distortions. Immediately following the adjustment, her temporary bridge was repaired. In addition, there was an occlusal or bite discrepancy which was torquing or twisting her temporal bones. Once the bite was corrected the patient stated that her low back and hip pain totally resolved. Also of great interest was the fact that after correcting the reversed skull motion Miriam was able to take a deep breath which she hadn’t been able to do for many many years. The take away message is that it all boils down to functional anatomy, which unfortunately most dentists have no idea of its existence. Understanding how the body works enables the dental practitioner to resolve many seemingly unconnected pains with the dental cranial complex. Better living through knowledge.