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Physiotherapy bruxism and botox

From migraines and headaches to pain in the cervical spine, ears, facial deformation ... and even vertigo and dizziness, are some of the consequences caused by bruxism.

Related to stress in many cases, this condition does not have a defined age or a specific patient profile: it can be suffered by anyone. What's more, up to 80% of the population could suffer it at least once in their life.

The keys to this disease

Bruxism "is a complex disease in which there is hyperactivity of the chewing muscles." It is not, as previously thought, a disease of the teeth; Rather, it is the teeth and the temporomandibular joint (the joint that joins the jaw to the skull) that are the victims of this excess muscle activity.

For this reason, it is classified as a multifactorial disease, in which general factors - stress or sleep disorders - are combined with local factors, such as malocclusion of the teeth.

Physiotherapy bruxism and botox

Jaw pain improvement through physical therapy

Physiotherapy plays a fundamental role in the treatment of all the problems that can develop due to the repeated activations of the chewing muscles, during the night. This makes it possible to restore the mechanical capacities to the tissues so that they can perform their function adequately again. In addition, it helps reduce pain.

A wild card to treat it: The "botox"

The most common solutions to treat this problem are the DISCHARGE SPLINTS and PHYSIOTHERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES. We can add to those mentioned, a less conventional but highly effective wildcard: micro-injections of botulinum toxin type A, “BOTOX”.

 

One of the consequences of sustained muscle hyperactivity is the appearance of the "square face"

Botulinum toxin works by blocking the terminals of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. In the case of bruxism, the one in charge of giving the "order" to the masticatory muscles is still the brain. However, botox acts on the muscles, stopping muscle hyperactivity and making the pain derived from bruxism disappear, reversing this effect and the associated pain.

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