Airway encroachment is a new term to help describe the epidemiological development of the loss in airway patency over time. In particular in this presentation, the central pharyngeal airway beginning at the base of the uvula moving downward to the base of the tongue is the specific area of interest. Although the oral pharyngeal airway space extends above to the oral space and below to the lower airway, structural degradations related to maladaptive breathing and DI “Diaphragmatic Inhibition” are most often presented in the central space. For example, Forward Head Posture FHP occludes the central space more than the upper or lower airway. Anterior tongue thrust, for example, can be the body’s reaction to DI “Diaphragmatic Inhibition” brought on by stress or medication and is usually ALSO an attempt to open the airway. Such noxious habits can be re-trained. But are we asking the right questions? WHY did the noxious habit develop? An underlying stress disorder is likely to be at cause in the matter.
Dr. Rubenstein has developed a highly effective system of stress/anxiety transformation called The Rubenstein MethodTM. He earned his PhD in 2010 and has 29 years experience in chronic health and pain issues. He is a Senior Clinical Instructor at White Memorial Medical Center, Adjunct Professor at California Trinity University, has several published articles in peer-reviewed journals, is a continuing medical education (CME) provider, and a national speaker on Stress and Anxiety related topics.
– Identify the stress response that may be at cause in a high percentage of functional distortions to the oral cavity and the cranio-cervical complex.
– Link the hypertrophy of the accessory breathers contributing to airway encroachment.
– Describe how dysfunction of the diaphragm muscle has severe consequences to the body’s ability to deliver oxygen and to sustain proper posture of the cranio-cervical-mandibular- maxilla-oral cavity complex.