10 Years Facial, Neck, Shoulder, Low Back, and Leg Pain
A.C. was a 46 year-old female patient who was referred from Ottawa, Canada by her orthodontist. This patient had suffered left sided pain from the top of her head to her toes. Ten years of traditional therapy by medical and dental practitioners did not produce any lasting relief.
The patient was undergoing orthodontic treatment for a poor bite and was wearing upper and lower removable appliances. The upper dental appliance and model of the patient’s mouth were mounted on the Accu-Liner instrument to analyze the parallel planes. The upper appliance was corrected by grinding down the acrylic material to establish a horizontal plane. Within five minutes after inserting the corrected appliance, 90% of the patient’s left sided pain pattern disappeared. Additional nutritional and manipulative treatment was provided during the next several days and increased the relief to a 98% level which the patient has maintained up to the present.
The Accu-Liner is more than just an articulator. It is an instrument which allows you to register, analyze and treat the occlusion (bite). It is designed around the widely accepted concept that the maxilla is the primary arch of the stomatognathic system (dental complex), not the mandible. It relates the plane of occlusion to stable landmarks in the cranium using the anatomical reference points of the base of the skull and the Hamular Notches and the Incisive Papilla (HIP Plane) (Figure 20). By using these reference points, the Accu-Liner can measure, in millimeters, all movements of the mandible as well as distortions in the maxillary arch. The key to reestablishing structural balance of the entire body is to level the maxilla transversely (horizontal plane). The reason is simple. The maxilla represents the anterior two-thirds of the cranial base. If this structure is uneven so goes the rest of the body. This concept is not taught in dental schools and most dentists have no idea of structural balance.