Cranial bones alignment essential to pituitary gland function ...?
Recently I came across some links between TMJD and pituitary gland dysfunction which are worrying me somewhat. I can't post a link but here is an extract from one website. This could be particularly relevant for women as the pituitary gland controls ovulation, estrogen production, affects bone strength etc., does anyone else know any more about this?
'Located directly on the sphenoid is the pituitary gland. It sits on the sphenoid in a formation that looks like a "Turkish saddle." In fact, the Latin name for that structure is called the "sellae tursica." The pituitary exerts profound influence over the endocrine system and, as such, directly influences the body's physiology and health.
If the sphenoid is out of position ("lesioned") due to misalignment of the hard palate, pituitary function will suffer, and the body's physiological systems will be affected. The pituitary depends on the normal alignment of the cranial bones for its proper functioning.
The pituitary is located outside of the brain because it needs to operate in a cooler environment than the brain has to offer. One of the ways that the body helps "cool" the pituitary is the gentle rocking motion of the sphenoid provided by the craniosacral rhythm. This rocking motion ("flexion" and "extension") helps to pump the hot blood away from the pituitary. Any cranial misalignment interferes with this motion, causing the pituitary to heat beyond its optimal physiological range. Even a slight temperature increase of the pituitary will result in diminished pituitary function.
If you've ever felt "out of sorts," you may have splashed cool water on your forehead. This instinctual behavior wasn't to cool your forehead. Rather it was to help cool the pituitary and restore a sense of well being.
A "faulted" or "lesioned" sphenoid caused by misaligned dental anatomy can result in a myriad of physiological and behavioral symptoms. Facial asymmetry, cranial pain, and sensory disorders may be indications of cranial imbalance.'
Last edited by Isobelj; 08-19-2004 at 05:19 AM.