PAIN SOLUTIONS WITHOUT SIDE EFFECTS
One area in pain research that has not received enough attention until recently is the role of disordered breathing in connection to stress and unexplainable pain phenomena. Research shows disordered breathing causes inflammation, reduced oxygen delivery, impaired blood circulation, and increased release of neurotoxins in the body.
The stress loading that results in physiological maladaptation can trigger pain syndromes that can mysteriously be localized in one single tooth or it can diffuse itself to all the extremities in the body.
BENEFITS OF HEART RATE VARIABILITY (HRV)
- Balances the autonomic nervous system
- Reduces the fight-or-flight response
- Improves stress recovery
BENEFITS OF CO2 BALANCE AND PROPER BREATHING
- Increases blood circulation
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves oxygen distribution
JAW PAIN-STRESS CONNECTION
Stress can initiate pain syndromes and aggravate other existing pain conditions. The jaw is particularly vulnerable to stress. Sustained stress can result in clenching and improper mastication. Most people who are stressed cannot perceive their stress levels. The excessive compressive forces in the jaw can stress the TMJ, periodontal ligaments, and muscles of the neck, jaw, and head. These pain syndromes are usually aggravated with daytime stress.
RULING OUT OTHER PROBLEMS
Orofacial pain or any other pain condition could be a sign of a serious medical or dental condition. Please be evaluated by your provider before coming to us for consultation.
Breathing retraining for coping strategies is usually the last line of defense because all other required diagnostic examinations must be done first to rule out organic or dental pathology.
WHEN THE BODY CANNOT REST AND RECOVER
Any form of stress (mental, emotional, physical, occupational) can accumulate over time. Clients who present with pain syndromes usually have one or more of the following symptoms which are typically associated with low CO2 (Lewis, 1959):
COMMON SYMPTOMS IN CO2 DEFICIENCY
- Shortness of breath
- Sleep disturbances
- Impaired thinking
- Anxiety, tension
- Poor libido
CO2 balance and improved autonomic nervous system regulation via heart rate variability monitoring are among the most natural and effective ways to decrease and or eliminate pain syndromes associated with chronic stress.