Equilibrium

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Orthotropics

 ‘Mewing’

Mewing’ is a tongue activity that can be learned by young and old alike. 
This technique involves
placing the tongue against the palate (roof of the mouth) behind the upper teeth.
Maintain nasal breathing while keeping the lips closed.

Recently, I discovered my Tongue was much more than a ‘taste-tester’. 
The newly discovered function of this part of my anatomy is making a surprising impact on my chronic medical history.
I learned my Tongue had NEVER known how to rest….for 77 years!

According to Tasha Turzo, DO, 
the correct ‘resting tongue position’ and functional swallow
can simulate cranial physiologic motion.

I am here to confirm and bear witness to the disastrous and complex effects
of restricted cranial physiologic motion (palatal motion at the midline maxillary suture)
 with a dental appliance. 
This restriction did, in fact, precipitate
debilitating repercussions and reverberations far beyond orofacial change.

Mewing Adventures

 The Tongue

Tongue Testing
with Breathing and Swallowing

My ‘orofacial chaos’ within orthodontics and dentistry spans fifty years.  And through the years, there have been two consistent answers to the question of ‘What aggravates your symptoms?”  The first is ‘posture’; a close second is breathing.  

My most recent breathing experimentation began in December, 2023, stimulated by reading James Nestor’s best-seller Breath.  I have practiced a variety of ‘conscious’ breathing techniques over the years; and, during the past five years, I was proud to announce that I had increased my inhalation capacity to all 32-measures of Brahms Waltz, Op. 39, No. 3 in G-sharp minor.  (This link takes you to the Waltz….test your inhalation capacity!) When I began reading Nestor’s book, I was shocked to learn that the exhalation was more critical than the inhalation! I was also mesmerized with his vivid storytelling and meeting historical  ‘pulmonauts’ with astounding stories.  I ended up purchasing fifteen books or audible files, giving them to friends, family and doctors for Christmas. 

This book was a gamechanger for me. My exhalation now surpasses my inhalation.

 

 

Swallowing awareness creeped into my life via this book as well, with Nestor’s discussion of the HomeoBlock dental appliance.  

 

A shooting pain whipped through my face when my family dentist equilibrated (ground) my left canine tooth in 1977. His subsequent referral to a prosthodonist failed to confirm any problem with the tooth root that had been of concern in the routine bite-wing x-ray taken during his examination.  He  surmised that I was ‘clenching’…and this tooth was the culprit. And the drill began whirring.  The remaining years unravel as chronic, complex orofacial history. 

Complex History 

 1971 – 1981

  1. 1947 – Breech Birth
  2. 1971 – Upper wisdom teeth extraction
  3. 1972 – Sinus Surgery:  unrecognized anesthetic trauma and oropharynx injury
  4. 1976 – Laminectomy (L5-S1)
  5. 1977 – Spinal Fusion (L5-S1)  :  Degenerative Disc Disease diagnosis
  6. 1977 – Routine dental examination with equilibration (grinding Tooth 11)  triggering facial pain
  7. 1978 – Six week – whole mouth dental equilibration. No resolution of facial pain. 
  8. 1978 – TMD diagnosis  – degenerated jaw joint disc
    • Mandibular Advancement device:  Class III malocclusion to ‘recapture the disc’
    • Exacerbation of pain – nonfunctional
  9.  1979 | Dental chaos
    • Lower mandibular advanced – III malocclusion to ‘recapture the disc
    • three maxillary appliances;
    • three dentists;
    • uncommon adverse responses –  no pain relief for back or jaw
    • heavy medication.
  10. 1981 |  Cranial Osteopathic care began
    • Dismissal from dental office
    • Discontinuation of medication
    • Progressive relief from back and facial pain

1996 – 2018

            1996, June 4  | Orthodontic Procedure

    • TM joint repositioning – dental pivot equilibration (grinding) of Tooth 11 triggered left palate reaction within 30 minutes
      • pterygoid hamular process shifted down into roof of mouth with stimulation of  fluid
                  SYMPTOMS REMAIN to the present day
                               DIAGNOSIS:  Unknown
  1. 1998, Dec |  Oral surgeon
    • 4 hypercoagulation genetic variations confirmed
    • triggering of anesthetic awareness experience in dental chair
    • surgical resection of hamular process :  confirmation of intubation injury with bone bruising and resulting compromise of microcirculation to palate leading to bone death: necrotic bone in left palate. 
  2. 1999, May | Tonsillectomy 
  3. 1999, Sept | Extraction of fractured Tooth 14 (upper left)
  4. 2001, Aug | Sinus surgery  – ‘cyst’ removal
  5. 2002, June | Extraction of calcified tooth 20 (lower left)
  6. 2005, Nov | Surgical exploration of abnormal fold in oropharynx
  7. 2011, Nov | California neuro-radiologist/neurosurgeon MRI confirmation of left glossopharyngeal nerve injury
    • unconfirmed by Barrows Neurological Skull-Based team
  8. 2018 , Sept | Damage to left alveolar nerve – Barrows MRI
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