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Movement Disorders, Dystonia and Tourettes

I was recently contacted by a lady who had suffered from Dystonia for several years which had severely limited her everyday life. Fortunately she has now made a complete recovery. Her treatment was carried out by Dr André Hedger ( and involved the recognition of Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction and the misalignment of associated cranial bones. An integrated team approach is required to diagnose and treat these complex cases. Members of the British Society for the Study of Cranio-Mandibular Disorders acknowledge this and a list of other practitioners can be found on the website:

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October 3, 2016 at 1:26 pm 1 comment

Comment made 24 August 2015

Summertime is a quiet period for meetings & courses but several items of interest have come my way.

Firstly there is the 3D video by Dr Paul Coceancig which shows the changes in the airway when the maxilla is developed and the mandible is advanced – see Functional orthodontists would prefer a slower rate of development for the maxilla and a non-surgical approach to mandibular advancement, nevertheless, the video clearly demonstrates the anatomical changes.

Secondly, the American Association of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine have issued a joint clinical practice guideline for Oral Appliance Therapy. The new guideline supports increased teamwork between physicians and dentists to achieve optimal treatment of patients with OSA.

Professor Kevin O’Brien’s blog can make interesting reading and I was prompted to make a comment on a recent posting. However his latest one regarding sleep disordered breathing is of the most interest to  me so far. You might like to follow the dialogue!

August 24, 2015 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

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