Message from Ron: Our ability to execute purposeful, controllable and stable movement often depends on how we use or do not use our teeth for occlusal reference. On the second day of this year’s Spring Symposium, Elizabeth Caughey, DDS will present her perspectives on how to use dental occlusion to free up or retrain over-stabilizing muscle of the head and neck. Her presentation will enlighten anyone who wants to know more about bite splints that can positively destabilize over used or programmed muscles of the neck through re-programming effort from the masticatory system and proprioception received from the teeth. Elizabeth is an energetic practitioner and I feel so honored to have her speak on a topic that she is so passionate about. I am sure she will enlighten us on how to work with dentists who are interested in reducing neck tension that often correlates with facial pain.
Deprogramming versus Destabilization: A Dentist’s Perspective on Effective Splint Design
For years dentists have treated facial pain with bite splints of every design. This talk will compare the limitations of simple dental deprogramming, against the greater goals of destabilization necessary to reduce cervical tension. We will also cover key elements of splint design needed to awaken the dental sense organ and masticatory system, for the purposes of informing the body of proprioception and how to move through space.