23) Lateral Deviation of the Jaw or Change in Laterality: the Effects on the Skeleton

In the case of lateral deviation or lateralization, the center of the mass of the skull leaves the vertical axis that passes through the center of gravity.

As a result, first skeletal symmetry is lost, and then the muscular.

The loss of muscular symmetry has repercussions for the whole body, creating serious compensatory measures and pathological symptoms.

The asymmetry and the occurrence of symptoms are preliminary stages, and can remain latent for years.

The symptoms can get worse later due to any triggering factor. In general, this is a psychological trauma (for example, a bereavement) or a physical trauma (over-exertion).

This happens because, during a period of stress, the psychological stress of the body affects the muscles, contracting them. This is how psychological traumas can have repercussions for the whole body in the form of muscular tension. In fact, a body under stress contracts all its muscles. Among the muscles that contract are also those of the stomatognathic apparatus.

The muscles of this system involved primarily are the masseter and the temporal muscles. But how does psychological stress come to aggravate an asymmetry? As we have written earlier, in the face of the contraction of the masseter and temporal muscles the skull sinks where there is no dental height. This great muscular tension, generated by psychological trauma, increases the intensity with which the stomatognathic muscles force the teeth to meet. This causes an acceleration of the sinking of the skull.

In the same way, a physical trauma demands a large expenditure of energy, exactly like a psychological trauma. This energy, extracted from a weakened musculature, aggravates the symptoms.

This process increases the rate of postural decadence, which then leads to collapse.

In fact, very often it happens that after having had a physical or psychological trauma, for example a car accident or a bereavement in the family, there is a postural collapse with a worsening of related symptoms. This explains the expressions “ bite the bullet” or “grit your teeth”.

With these expressions the individual is exhorted to remain stoic in moments of great stress, whether psychological or physical. A person with adequate dental support will have a better support in general in stressful times because the muscular forces will work symmetrically, without creating compressions of any kind.

In this case the T-Scan 3 plays an important role in monitoring the pressure that can be verified in the mouth during occlusion.

Once the postural decadence has come to an end, as described previously, little else is needed to bring a body that resembles the Leaning Tower of Pisa more and more to a collapse.

Let’s take as an example just this Tower of Pisa, famous throughout the world for its slope. In the attempt to straighten the tower, three additional floors try to bend themselves in the opposite direction to the slope.

The same mechanism takes place in the human body. It takes little to have the tower collapse!

At the moment during which the body is collapsing numerous related symptoms appear. Among the most common: neck pain, headaches, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, problems with the ears, etc.


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