Osteopathy & Chiropractic

Dr Noel Stimson LDS
“YOUR TOE BONE’S CONNECTED TO YOUR - FOOT BONE”

A familiar phrase which everyone agrees with and understands. But how does this one sound?

“YOUR JAW BONE’S CONNECTED TO YOUR - HIP BONE”

Not so obvious? Maybe so, but just as true. More and more dentists, chiropractors and osteopaths are discovering this crucial link in the complex and dynamic system of bones we know as our skeleton. Moreover, the teeth, and the way they meet (the occlusion), are now understood as central to the balanced functioning of our body’s structure.

If you take a close look at someone who functions well structurally, a famous dancer, athlete or footballer perhaps, then you can probably guarantee that he or she will have a symmetrical face with level eyes and an even smile. The head will be poised well on the top of the spine and the shoulders and hips will be level. When they run or walk it will be with a smooth fluid action that seems to require very little effort. They are structurally balanced individuals.

Belgian Chiropractor Dr. Jean-Pierre Meerssemann discovered quite accidentally that if he had a patient with one “short” leg, usually indicative of an un-level pelvis, he could level the pelvis (i.e. correct the leg length) temporarily by placing test cotton rolls between the patient’s back teeth! Amazing! But this was proof enough to him that the impact of an uneven or non-level bite went right through the entire skeleton, right down to the knees and feet, in fact.

This uneven input from the bite can cause a chain reaction every time the teeth meet together (2000 times a day!). To accommodate it, the head may have to tilt slightly; the eyes try to compensate because they prefer to be level with the horizon, and put a sideways “kink” in the upper neck spine; the spine has to compensate (to stop you falling over sideways) by creating a sideways “S” curve (called scoliosis). This in turn causes the pelvis to tilt in response to the now curved lower spine. The higher side of the tilted pelvis results in an apparently short leg. Bingo! Uneven bite leads to an apparently short leg!

The effects may include pain in the back, knees and feet, an uneven gait, or more seriously, uneven load and wear on the knees and hip joints. Imagine the muscles of the shoulders and upper body acting like the strings of a marionette, and you get the picture.

The causes of an uneven bite? There are many, but the two most common are a difficult birth and inappropriate dental treatment.

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