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BSSCMD Study Day Friday 7 February 2014

Case finishing techniques – 3rd BSSCMD Study Day.

Holiday Inn Welbeck street, London..

Working on a Multi Disciplinary Basis.

This meeting was attended by 34 delegates, divided equally between dentists and body therapists. Dr Richard Dean gave an overview of Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) diagnosis and splint construction. Ken Gordon, osteopath, explained his input and the importance of working as a team.

Dr Andre Hedger gave an excellent presentation outligning how he selected different medical disciplines to support his work on patients, many of whom had very differing symptoms including TMJ problems and movement disorders.

Dr Robert Chatfield followed on with the same emphasis on a multifactorial approach. He works closely with his osteopath & counseller, John Vesey, and craniosacral therapist, Sheila Camino. He explained the four elements that make up the holistic view to treatment, namely, physical, biochemical, electromagnetic and emotional.

The day finished with a presentation by Dr Richard Casson and his kinesiologist, Katie Rossi. Richard has suffered two strikes in the past two years and it is his determination and Katie’s expertise that has enabled Richard to make a remakable recovery despite hearing disparaging comments from mainstream medical professionals. He was convinced that the patient must want and believe that they can get better before the real healing process can begin.

Richard is to be congratulated for organising yet another very worthwhile study day.

January 7, 2014 at 3:21 pm Leave a comment

The TMJ / Chiropractic Connection

19 November, RAC Country Club, Epsom.

Dr André Hedge arranged this study day on behalf of the British Society for the Study of Cranio-Mandibular Disorders (BSSCMD).

Dr Skip Truitt gave a presentation demonstrating that most malocclusions were orthopaedic problems and most involved some derangement of the Temporo-Mandibular Joint. He began by classifying a range of presenting symptoms and followed this by explaining the protocols he has for each category.

He drew our attention to the relationship between the optic plane, the otic plane and the maxillary plane. A major reason for these planes being off kilter is an under-developed maxilla. This directly involves not only the optic plane and the maxillary plane through the maxillary bone but also the otic plane through the association of the temporal bone with the TMJ.

Angela Winter (Chiropractor) gave a thorough explanation of her work regarding posture and body alignment. Tom Robinson (Sports Massage Therapist) demonstrated his techniques to relax muscles and improve circulation. Both these practitioners work closely with André and this is particularly helpful for patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction. His protocol is: podiatrist, massage, chiropractics, cranial osteopathy and then orthopaedics/orthodontics.

Skip ended the programme with an excellent presentation on airways. Problems can arise from constriction of the nasal, naso-pharyngeal or the pharyngeal airway. Many of these are caused by a less than ideal position or shape of the maxilla. ie; a narrow palate, a maxilla that is short or positioned distally, or a mandible that is trapped back by any of these factors.

Nasal breathing is far superior to mouth breathing due to the following:

1. Air is moistened and filtered.

2. A vortex is formed which delivers the air to the lungs at the correct speed.

3. Air is warmed.

4. Anti-bacterial Lysosomes are present.

5. Nitric oxide is added which increases the uptake of O2 at the alveolar membrane.

6. Mouth breathing flushes out more CO2 which reduces respiratory rate/sleep apnoea.

It is his belief that insufficient oxygen uptake in child night time mouth breathers is often the cause of ADHD.   

This meeting was sponsored by Triple “O” Dental Laboratory which  makes most of the orthopaedic appliances in the UK and has now introduced their new product called “Smile-Tru”. This is an aligner system but has the added benefit of expert diagnostic support. See and

November 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

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