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I hope there is no such thing as a "stupid question"

Posted by Dee on December 02, 1998 at 11:56:26:

Dr.Stoll-I had lower jaw surgery last March due to TMJ disorder (big time bracing) which caused a significant open bite. My braces were removed last month.Yeah! I now wear a removable upper
retainer. I have completed session #3 of Rolfing. My rolfer told me my retainer might not fit after completing
my sessions. My "stupid"question is this--Will my jaw muscles go back to the way they should have been prior to
surgery? And,if so, will my bite be off since the surgery
removed bone? Because my bite was fine before I had the
terrible tmj pain which caused my open bite. Surgery "fixed" the open bite. Now, rolfing is getting my jaw muscles relaxed and better. How will my body compensate
for the bone removal? I hope this makes sense. My rolfer
and I are very curious to hear what you say. Thank you as
always for your concern and help.


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Re: I hope there is no such thing as a "stupid question"

Posted by Walt Stoll on December 03, 1998 at 06:54:26:

In Reply to: I hope there is no such thing as a "stupid question" posted by Dee on December 02, 1998 at 11:56:26:

Thanks, Dee, for the thought provoking questions.

These questions are FAR from stupid. It is likely that combining conventional with alternative approaches to TMJ is so new that few professionals KNOW the answer. Ask it again in 20-30 years (grin).

My first response is to tell you what you probably already know (your Rolfer too): These problems are always easier to totally, with the effective alternative approaches you have discovered too late for best results, resolve BEFORE mutilating surgery. The proper way to combine both approaches is to do the complementary things first and THEN use surgery to deal with any residual.

The bodymind is amazing when it comes to its ability to compensate to stuff like surgical rearranging. My tendency is to have hope that, continuing your structural work (Rolfing, Cranial Osteopathy, Chiropractic) AND the religious practice of effective skilled relaxation, that you will likely see your bodymind adjust everything pretty well in a year or so. THEN, continuing your SR should likely keep you pretty well.

If it were me, I would also look into Alexander Technique and a similar self-help structural technique from Israel (I am blocking on the name right now--it is German (starts with K or R)-- your Rolfer would know the name and likely have an opinion as to whether it might help you).

Let us know what you learn.

Happy Holidays, Walt



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Re: I hope there is no such thing as a "stupid question"

Posted by David Ferguson, D.C. on December 03, 1998 at 08:12:56:

In Reply to: Re: I hope there is no such thing as a "stupid question" posted by Walt Stoll on December 03, 1998 at 06:54:26:

Translating Dr. Stolls response into one word, to answer your question. YES. It is possible and even likely that correcting the cause of the problem will now make the surgery a mistake.



Re:self-help structural technique

Posted by Kyra on December 03, 1998 at 12:02:09:

In Reply to: Re: I hope there is no such thing as a "stupid question" posted by Walt Stoll on December 03, 1998 at 06:54:26:


Dear Walt and Dee,

Feldenkrais technique?

Namaste' Kyra


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Re:self-help structural technique

Posted by Denise Wyrick on December 03, 1998 at 12:46:43:

In Reply to: Re:self-help structural technique posted by Kyra on December 03, 1998 at 12:02:09:

Hi all, I am so touched by the generousity of this community.... just wanted to put in my 2 cents about a body of work that has helped me. Thomas Hannah was a student of Feldenkrais and has developed his own method of coming home to one's body. I found his work easier to read than Feldenkrais. Yoga Journal often has an ad for the books he has written and I think the name of the Institute is called Somatics. If anyone wants to know for sure I can go look it up. I can't seem to locate my copy of the book at the moment, but it is here somewhere....at least I think it is.
Namaste
Denise



Re:self-help structural technique

Posted by Walt Stoll on December 04, 1998 at 10:32:13:

In Reply to: Re:self-help structural technique posted by Kyra on December 03, 1998 at 12:02:09:

THAT'S IT!

Thanks, Kyra.

How's that for misdirection? Starts with R or K, indeed (sigh).

Hope this gets back to who was asking about it.

Got your correction for the paper but no paper yet.

Namaste` Walt




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