Curing Teeth Grinding Naturally
Hypnosis has been successfully used with a variety of habit disorders including thumbsucking, nailbiting, trichotillomania, skin (and acne) picking, tongue thrusting, and bruxism. Suggestions for several of these conditions are contained in sections of the book pertaining to children, dentistry and dermatology. At the conclusion of this chapter, however, you will find suggestions that may be used with nailbiting and trichotillomania (hair pulling).
We must remain aware that lifestyle variables such as bruxism, postural habits (e.g., from lengthy telephone use and video games), and environmental chemicals (Hall, 1980) may all contribute to pain problems. Last year a 53-year-old female patient consulted me with a 40-year history of severe, daily migraines. She had undergone almost every kind of medical and dental evaluation. But during the first interview it became apparent that her migraine headaches were usually present upon awakening in the mornings. Although she had no evidence of tooth abrasion from grinding, I asked her to consciously relax her jaw before retiring during the next week. The next week she had four migraines instead of seven. She was then taught self-hypnosis with suggestions for bruxism. The following week she only experienced one mild headache and she reported that it was the most comfortable week in 40 years Her relief has continued. Despite the many intensive medical and dental evaluations, this behavioral...
While many clinicians view headaches as primarily a psychological manifestation, it is imperative that a complete medical dental workup be performed. One of the prime causes of muscle tension headaches in the temporal area may be attributed to bruxism and dental malocclusion. Effectively managing TMD requires a two-pronged approach of physically eliminating the noxious dental stimulus and mentally relaxing the muscles of mastication and muscles of facial expression. The use of medication and massage of sore muscles may expedite the healing process. Treatment of the physical etiology may be as simple as polishing fillings that have expanded with the course of time. Other treatment options may range from wearing a specially designed 'bite guard' appliance during sleep (or when stress is experienced during the day), to comprehensive orthodontic treatment and full mouth reconstruction with dental implants, crowns and bridges. But it may be impossible to determine the proper bite relation...
Regardless of which other tools are utilized, the crucial constant is the doctor's verbiage and attitude. Offering the patient hypnotically positive ideas and suggestions makes the difference between the fight-flight-bite response and the cool, calm and relaxed experience. Positive hypnotic ideas and suggestions help the patient create hemostasis immediately following dental extractions, promote the rate of healing and reduce postoperative discomfort. Clinical hypnotic strategies are also very useful in modifying harmful oral habits such as bruxism, finger sucking and nail biting. In addition, hypnosis is extremely useful in the management of the 'difficult' patient who suffers from a hyperactive gag reflex or simply fails to make necessary dental appointments.
The feelings in his mouth, and the question of how the mouth works. Once you get the child interested in his own bruxism movement, sooner or later he will show it to you. You ask him to really memorize those feelings, and then you express the very pious hope that he won't awaken when he makes that bruxism movement during sleep. And you express this hope so nicely and so genuinely and so suggestively that you actually condition him to awaken by your subtle negative suggestion. You can also suggest that he will be able to hear the bruxism that he will awaken when he hears it and that he will immediately comfort himself with the realization that he has a good pattern of going back to sleep whenever he awakens. But how many times does a person want to awaken in the middle of the night just to prove to himself that he can hear his bruxism, and that he can go right back to sleep
SPECIAL PROBLEMS Bruxism The dentist may see the child who comes in and grinds his teeth, and that is the only particular symptom that this child shows bruxism. The dentist may advise the parents to take the child to a psychiatrist, but the parents are certain that there is no problem except the bruxism and may be reluctant to seek psychiatric advice. In such a case, the dentist is well within his province as a dentist when he handles the bruxism. If that bruxism is the symptom of an underlying neurosis, the dental treatment will not suffice. The neurosis will become more apparent in other ways and the parents may become more amenable to the idea of taking the child to a psychiatrist. But as long as the child is showing neurotic behavior exclusively in bruxism, then it remains a dental problem. How does one train a child to give up the bruxism The treatment is the same for child and adult. One teaches the patient to go into a deep trance. One tells him that every time he grinds his...
Calcium and magnesium are often used by listeners in order to strengthen the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) which is often directly related to a person's tinnitus. A combination of Niacin and Thiamine in very modest doses has been shown to be effective in reducing tinnitus volume that is related to TMJD.
Thus no client will ever come to you asking for his elbow to be made incapable of bending. But you might get someone with snooker elbow (US read as pool), in which he is unable to release a bent elbow to take a shot. If you have learned how to make an arm unbendable then you have insight into how to do the reverse that he wants. You will never get anyone wanting you to make him grind his teeth involuntarily, though you have now learned how to do so. But there are some people who suffer from this condition (often in their sleep) - it is called bruxism) - and need the abnormality removed. The work you have done will at least give you some insight into the nature of the problem and of methods for affecting it.
This technique is so effective because it focuses on the head, face and mouth the part of the body with the highest concentration of neuronal innervation. The body-mind and the mind-body effects are most pronounced in the head, face and mouth. The mere act of smiling, contracting the muscles of facial expression to stretch the obliquularis oris, consistently produces a sense of well-being. Tensing the masseters and temporalis muscles will produce a sense of tension not only around the mouth and face, but also throughout the whole body. Thus the tape is used to teach patients not only to relax but to manage muscle tension headaches and to abort bruxism.
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