NJHRC USES REHABILITATION ORTHOTICS TO TREAT CHRONIC PAIN
The advent of rehabilitation orthotics for use in treating chronic pain has proven to be a critical benchmark in the search for long-term pain relief from certain types of conditions. Until now, such conditions as chronic daily headaches, severe migraines, TMJ pain and jaw discomfort, chronic head and neck tension, and orofacial pain have all been primarily treated through medications. However, the use of rehabilitation orthotics to retrain the bite is changing the entire treatment paradigm for these painful conditions because using them is producing long term successful pain relief for most sufferers.
HOW DOES USING A REHABILITATION ORTHOTIC COMPARE TO TRADITIONAL TREATMENTS?
Favorably, to say the least, but there are several important things to think about when trying to compare rehab orthotics against traditional treatments. A direct comparison of rehabilitation orthotic devices to other traditional treatments is not even relevant because one cannot work without the other.
First and foremost, understand that rehabilitation orthotics are not a complete replacement for other treatment modalities. It just doesn’t work that way. In fact, rehab orthotics only shine when used in conjunction with OTHER treatment modalities.
Next, understand that there are a handful of physical medicine modalities that SHOULD be used in conjunction with rehabilitation orthotics. They simply offer a far better risk-to-reward proposition than traditional treatment protocols such as medication and invasive surgeries. Some of the more beneficial treatment modalities that can be used in conjunction with rehabilitation orthotics would include: Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES), Ultrasound, Manual Manipulation (i.e., trigger point massage and myofacial release), and low-level Cold Laser application.
Finally, we must understand WHY we would want to use rehabilitation orthotics with the specific treatment modalities we just mentioned. Using rehabilitation orthotics in conjunction with other treatments can be thought of as much like building a house out of brick — where the individual bricks represent the treatment progress made by employing the treatment modalities, and the concrete mortar used to bind those bricks together represents the contribution of the rehabilitation orthotic. The rehabilitation orthotic is used to ensure that the benefit you get from those treatment modalities ‘sticks’. Clearly you would not want any rehabilitation progress made during the treatment sessions to be lost shortly after your treatment concludes, right? Well, in the same manner you cannot make a brick house that stands the test of time without the concrete mortar to hold the structure in place.
So to complete this line of thought within the appropriate context, a treatment protocol (drawing on one or more treatment modalities) is custom designed by a neuromuscular dentist to rehabilitate you to wellness. THEN, a rehabilitation orthotic device is used by that neuromuscular dentist to ensure that the state of wellness achieved through treatment will last a long, long time. Using the treatment approach we offer at New Jersey Headache Relief Center makes it possible for chronic pain patients to be free from their headaches, migraines, or other pain in a relatively short time. However, our treatment approach ALSO makes it possible for the pain relief we achieve in you to last.