Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Athletes can achieve their optimal performance by submitting to a dental procedure that combines electronic stimulation, measurement and analysis to create a custom "pure power mouthpiece" (PPM), according to its orthdondist inventor and others certified to perform the technique. As unlikely as it sounds, major league athletes such as the Boston Red Sox's Manny Ramirez are wearing the PPM to improve performance, sans drugs. An ultralow-frequency transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) relaxes the muscles into their optimal resting length. A second electronic device, called a computerized mandibular scanner (CMS), performs a real-time, continuous three-dimensional scan of the muscles of the face and jaw. When the optimal occlusal position is achieved, the mandibular scanner records that position and fashions a mouthpiece that instantly puts the jaw in its optimally relaxed position.
Posted by R. Colin Johnson at 8:51 AM