The Treatment You Need
Whatever the condition, there may be treatments available to help your body treat itself, and not just the symptoms that you see. When you come to our office, we'll take the time to discuss and thoroughly evaluate your medical history and condition in order to come up with an effective treatment plan. As clinicians we don’t treat, we support the body in its own healing.
- Enhanced sports, athletic and physical performance. When there is good postural alignment, body function is enhanced. While it has recently been “rediscovered”, Eastern Block Countries were using these techniques to increase the strength of their weight lifters years before WWII. Now it is being used for Sports enhancement from golf swings to football and soccer player performance improvements. The correctly determined jaw position can enhance, just as the inappropriate can put blocks in the way of the body.
- The incidence of stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation can be reduced. Cardiovascular disease has been irrefutably linked to sleep disordered breathing. While the prevention of heart attacks, stroke and heart arrhythmia is important, management of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring following heart attack and stroke is clearly beneficial in saving lives too.
- The control of diabetes and other metabolic health issues can be improved and enhanced, as can the treatment of some forms of obesity. Obstructive sleep apnea has links to diabetes, obesity and to the metabolic syndrome and the body’s hormonal control system. Wakening from sleep during an apnea is associated with a ‘rush’ of stress hormones. This is an alarm response; “fight or flight”. This not only affects the heart and blood vessels, but the kidneys and other organs. Just as in cardiovascular health, close communication with your doctor and/or specialist can provide the most effective care possible.
- Genetics and inflammation. Many people feel that the answer to many of health’s perplexing problems are genetics and inflammation (recognized by blood borne inflammatory markers), both are heavily associated with OSA.
- Other problems such as IBS, chronic sinusitis, acid reflux (heart burn), ear and balance problems knee and hip problems (that appear unrelated) can often be related, despite not appearing so. The stomatognathic system consists of the mouth, jaws, muscles, nerves and closely associated structures such as the teeth, airway, nasal and para-nasal sinuses, cervical vertebrae etc.).
- Safer pregnancies and births. This is an area of great significance. Many studies now confirm the importance of good sleep and prevention of sleep disordered breathing during pregnancy. Many women snore during pregnancy and a simpler means of managing this may be appropriate than that indicated for long-term snorers and those with apnea. Low birth weight babies, gestation diabetes and pre-eclampsia have all been associated with obstructive sleep apnea. The mother is going to need all the sleep she can get for later! All pregnant women should be aware of this and their options, for their own, their baby’s and their family’s benefit.
- Cosmetic enhancement. Reversible and non-surgical, yet non-invasive face lift and rejuvenation. Loss of tone, deeper furrows and lines and sagging cheeks are usually signs of poor soft tissue drape. Although aging is normal and inescapable, such issues are frequently related to loss of distance between the jaws and poor front to back alignment; overbite, etc. Rather than proceed with surgery some techniques allow a reversible and non-invasive approach. This is also popular as an adjunct to cosmetic.