cervical and TMJ dystonia

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Torticollis (ST)

Dear Sir/madam,
My name is Pete. After a head injury case from an army boxing match in 1990, I developed cervical dystonia in 1995 and my head pulls down to the right. I have a lot of jaw spasms most of the time now also which started a couple of years ago which make it difficult to talk sometimes also.

A brain scan discounted jaw dystonia so i am asssuming after research that it must be just TMJ disorder. Could you please offer me some advice and more importantly could you please reassure me that it is indeed curable with treatment. Many thanks for your kind support and i really hope to hear back from you soon, kindest regards,

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Sep 16, 2016
Tmj dystonia treatment dentist
by: Dave

Well, been having treatment with a Richard Dean in London for last year now with some benefit but not completely cured. Richard only now works from his Sussex clinic which is quite a way from where I live so now looking for another dentist who is proficient in treating cervical dystonia caused by faulty tmj. Only one name crops up time and again, Andre Hedger in Surrey. He has some good write ups so it's looking like. I will be having treatment with this dentist who has had some very good results with patients.

Many thanks, Dave. Great that it's working for you. Perhaps you could give readers some insights into what Dr Dean does that is different from other dentists.

Dr B

Jun 10, 2016
by: Adam Ridgewell DO, Canada

Do we know what happened to Dave?

Hello Dave,
I think you will probably receive this in your email box. As you can see there's been considerable interest in your post. Can you give us an update?

Dr B

Oct 14, 2015
by: Sue

Hello Dave
I too am looking for a tmj dentist who treats cervical dystonia, I came across your post when searching myself, I know someone who is having tmj treatment with dr hedger, and is having really good results, I myself cannot afford to pay for private treatment, so I'm trying to find a dentist who will treat me on the nhs, at the moment, A few cd tmj patients have just met up with some tmj specialist from america, who came over for a conference in London, the doctors name was jeffrey brown, and dr stack, you can look them up on utube, and facebook..I hope this helps you and would be good to know how you get on,

best wishes


Mar 06, 2015
Total Postural re-programming!
by: Anonymous

I am a British trained Osteopath- strong preference for structural correction, but recently figured out that sensory correction is needed to "cement" structural changes. I have done some work with an outfit in Montreal, Canada. Great great stuff! Check this out-

I hope some day you can go down this route! I took one look at your picture and thought of this! Good luck!

Adam Ridgewell, DO

There is nothing to lose in your situation, Dave. Thanks for your contribution, Adam.


Feb 24, 2015
Treatment Cervical Dystonia
by: Anonymous

Hi Dave,

You can contact Dr. Patrick Grossmann of Dr. Andrë Hedger for treatment of your Cervical Dystonia. Wish you all the best!

Jan 06, 2015
Enquiry about TMJD and cervical dystonia
by: Dave

I am seeking a dentist who specialises in tmjd treatment for cervical dystonia. I live in the East London area and would like to find a suitable practitioner. Many thanks

Hello Dave,
I'm afraid I don't know the local dentists; I recommend you phone Dr Michael van den Bos, ask to speak to him personally, about whether he could help you, or recommend a local dentist.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I have left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he is happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti-inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He is doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost pain-free. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he is well pleased; sixty-five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he has taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily stroll has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift; he has a short leg.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. X-rays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65-year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88-year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done. 

10. Mr X is a 71-year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a few months ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It is a non-complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she is doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38-year old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he could not sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71-year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors should not be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that is so much bunkum.

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