In these videos Lee Weinstein, the inventor of the revolutionary sleepguard biofeedback headband, talks about the nature of bruxism or teeth grinding, how it causes TMJ pain, and how Sleepguard can help you.
Wearable Nighttime Biofeedback Brings New Hope for TMJ Disorder Sufferers Without Drugs – Holistic Technologies Clinical Trial
Clinical trial shows nighttime biofeedback eliminates TMJ disorder problems for majority of TMJ by reducing or eliminating nighttime teeth grinding and clenching. While many consumers find mouth guards don’t reduce clenching and TMJ pain, the biofeedback headband helps people get out of pain by kicking the addictive habit of clenching in sleep.
Nighttime biofeedback helps eliminate TMJ pain by reducing nighttime clenching. Nighttime biofeedback helps the majority of people to reduce or eliminate the addictive clenching habit that is causing painful TMJ disorder symptoms in the first place.
(PRWEB) January 17, 2013
Holistic Technologies LLC released clinical trial results January 1, 2013, showing nighttime biofeedback using the SleepGuard biofeedback headband enables the majority of TMJ sufferers to reduce their nighttime teeth grinding and clenching by more than 60% within a few days, and by more than 80% within a month. This is a vastly superior reduction in clenching than mouth guards and splints provide. The majority of people in the trial reported substantial reduction in TMJ-related pain and problems, including jaw pain, facial pain, temporomandibular joint pain, tooth pain, loose teeth, neck pain,migraines, and headaches.
“Mouth guards and splints are designed to prevent enamel loss and to correct occlusal misalignment often caused by clenching”, says Lee Weinstein, CEO of Holistic Technologies and inventor of the biofeedback headband, “whereas Nighttime biofeedback helps the majority of people to reduce or eliminate the addictive clenching habit that is causing painful TMJ disorder symptoms in the first place.”
While several previous research studies (referenced in Holistic Technologies’ clinical trial report) have shown nighttime biofeedback using table-top biofeedback machines can be effective in significantly reducing nighttime teeth clenching and grinding, such use of table-top machines required people to be wired to the machine by a wiring harness adhesively attached to facial muscles. This type of treatment was limited primarily to sleep labs, and not practical as a long-term use at home. The Sleep Guard biofeedback headband eliminates this limitation and makes long-term nighttime biofeedback available at less than the cost of a typical prescription mouth guard.
In biofeedback mode, the headband makes a sound against the forehead when clenching is detected. Users do a few minutes of daytime practice to develop the habit of relaxing jaw and facial muscles when they hear the sound. This trained response carries over into sleep, allowing people to relax without waking up, as soon as the quiet part of the sound is heard in sleep. “This empowers people to eliminate suffering without endless visits to healthcare professionals, and without drugs”, says Weinstein.
The SleepGuard biofeedback headband detects teeth grinding and clenching by sensing microvolt EMG signals given off by the temporalis muscles during clenching and grinding. The headband can be used either in diagnostic (silent) mode or in audio biofeedback mode. In both modes the headband counts clenching incidents and tracks accumulated teeth grinding and clenching time through the night.
Diagnostic mode allows quantifying the severity of a person’s initial nighttime clenching habit, and allows clinicians and consumers to measure whether a mouth guard or drug increases or decreases a person’s nighttime clenching.
Rental units are available for consumers who want to evaluate the severity of their nighttime teeth grinding and clenching, or who want to see if a particular mouth guard or splint increases or reduces their nighttime clenching habit.
Holistic Technologies allows people to try nighttime biofeedback for three weeks without charge before paying for the SleepGuard biofeedback headband. “We feel it is unfair that almost all other TMJ treatments don’t even have money-back guarantees”, says Weinstein. “We feel no TMJ treatment should have to be paid for unless it works for the person paying for it.”
Interviews with teeth grinding & migraine clinical trial participants can be arranged for members of the press, and Holistic technologies makes raw clinical trial data available to university researchers.
New to biofeedback?
This video clip from NASA launchpad is a great introduction to what biofeedback is, and how it can be used to improve the performance of pilots, athletes and to treat stress and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), to name a few things.
Electroencephalogram or EEG
EEG is an Electroencephalogram that is used to detect the brain wave activity. There are 4 basic brain frequencies; Alpha, Beta, Theta and Delta. Beta is the normal waking state, Alpha is a relaxed state or light trance, Theta is light sleep or a hypnotic trance and Delta is deep sleep. When using a biofeedback machine for relaxation, the alpha wave needs to be monitored and when we learn to control it, it can help relieve anxiety, epilepsy and insomnia. If alpha therapy training is being used to treat insomniacs, they will also need to train to control the theta brain activity. When treating Epileptics the patient(s) will usually be trained for the alpha state. The brain waves will often also be monitored during a seizure.
The GSR (Galvanic Skin Response) device is a monitor to measure the amount of perspiration you are putting out. It is attached to one or more finger or the palm of the hand, and will tell you what your perspiration rate is. The more perspiration you have the more tense you are and the lower the less tense. The person attached to this device will learn how to relax their tension by doing things like visualizing pleasant things and controlled breathing. Mentally you will begin to learn how you got to the undesired condition and how to avoid getting there again.
As you learn to lower the tension, the therapist will adjust it to be more sensitive until you reach your goal of relaxation. Soon you will learn to use the biofeedback techniques and not even have to think about them. This technique is also used to control migraine headaches. Instead of measuring the perspiration, it will measure the skin temperature. You will learn how to warm up your hand to relieve that awful pain in your head. Amount of time and sessions needed for biofeedback training. The training sessions last about 30-60 minutes each. The number of sessions needed depend on the condition and severity. Some people only need one session but others might have to complete 3 or 4.
Modern biofeedback machines for home use often combine GSR with HRV (heart rate variability) for greater accuracy, and there are even some consumer EEG devices available now.
Applying biofeedback training for relaxation:
Once you have practiced biofeedback training for a while you will gradually learn how to control your mental state at home and work. Thinking how it felt to relax during the sessions and how you managed to get there does this. When your blood pressure and your heart rate go up, you remember how it felt during your training and this brings you back to the relaxed state. It becomes automatic – your body remembers what to do. Impressive results have been achieved with asthmatics. By learning to relax the spasms in the airway passages and muscular contractions that cause the asthma attacks during biofeedback training, many patients are finding relief.
How biofeedback relieves suffering:
Many people have been relieved from chronic pain and cerebral palsy patients have learned to relax enough to improve their fine and motor coordination as well as their speech by using biofeedback therapy. Gaining more active control and applying yourself is the key to controlling the areas of your life that you thought were useless. Biofeedback training can train your mind and body to help you in many new ways.
Relaxation and focus are the keys to better health and wellbeing with biofeedback, and you can further enhance your training with other relaxation techniques like self-hypnosis and meditation. Modern biofeedback machines are truly wonderful new additions to our toolbox for healing and personal development.