Movement disorders treatment:
Parkinson’s disease occurs in conjunction with a broad spectrum of different types of movement disorders. Rigidity, a common symptom of Parkinson’s disease, is considered to be a type of movement disorder. Also often found with Parkinson’s disease is dystonia, bradykinesia, gait disturbances, start hesitation,speech aphasia, and others.
Movement disorders as well as Parkinson’s responds to jaw alignment therapy in the majority of cases with substantial improvement in multiple aspects. This phenomenon and multiple case histories have been presented at multiple dental pain and orthodontic symposiums. Please see attached article for more detail on treatment of Parkinson’s with jaw orthopedics. A good article is also available on treatment of tourettes (tourette pdf) with jaw orthopedics.
The mechanism by which jaw alignment impacts movement disorders is explained by obscure research showing that jaw alignment sensors (trigeminal proprioceptors) are a major influence on brain stem (reticular formation) tonicity. The reticular formation is the primary center of sensory integration, whose function is necessary for facilitation of movement. When the bite is out of alignment, the jaw alignment sensors stimulate the reticular formation excessively, thus inhibiting the proper function of the reticular formation and interfering with smooth movement.
The developing understanding of movement disorders with regard to jaw alignment is that jaw alignment is likely to be a major factor in their manifestation for all types of movement disorders. Their is literature implicating bite misalignment in scoliosis, torticollis, as well as stuttering and dystonia.