Performance Mouthwear appliances are customized mouthguards based on the principles of TM Joint stability and neurological balance. This is the same scientific basis for our treatment of TMJ pain and joint stabilization patients. It has been known for decades that mandibular position affects balance, strength, stamina and flexibility.
Many of the world’s most elite athletes instinctively place their jaws into a comfortable, optimal Jaw position, which triggers a natural response and optimal physical performance. In addition, the optimal jaw position can also allow for maximum oxygenation by increasing the size of the airway. A power mouthguards’ technology is intended to help physically place your jaw in the most optimal position, thus improving overall reaction time, performance and airway.
Hundreds of years ago, a few people were on to something: Ancient Greek athletes who bit down on leather straps for an edge during competition; Viking and Roman warriors who clamped down on leather bits for focus on the battlefield. They knew something here worked, but the concept itself never evolved. Until now.
Performance Mouthwear appliances have been engineered to unlock your power and potential. With safe, custom-built Performance Mouthwear appliances, athletes in any sport from football to golf martial arts can capitalize on innovation that can make you stronger, faster and better.
A Performance mouthguard is not a boil and bite piece of rubber, nor is it the mouthguard that your local coach provides to the high school football team. Each patient receiving a performance mouthguard has a thorough TMJ evaluation including imaging of the Jaws as well as the head and neck are taken, then precise models are taken of the teeth. Pulsed radio frequency is placed on the muscles of the jaw and neck to create complete relaxation of those muscles.
This relaxed, balanced muscular jaw position is then precisely measured and recorded on a Jaw Tracking Computer. We can immediately demonstrate the effectiveness of the neutral bite position by testing upper body strength, balance and flexibility. The results are often dramatic and surprising. This information is then sent to a laboratory to make the finished power mouthguard in about 2 weeks.
Performance Mouthguards work by allowing the jaw, head neck and shoulders to maintain a balanced relaxed muscular position, a properly placed jaw actually balances the entire body as it is connected to your Atlas/axis (neck), as well as the shoulder and back. Biting against a performance mouthguard allows the athlete to develop more upper body strength, better balance and increased flexibility. In addition, by increasing upper airway space, it is easier to breathe freely allowing for improved oxygenation and better endurance.
Performance Mouthguards have been used by hundreds of professional and All Star athletes in virtually every field imaginable. Manny Ramirez now of the LA Dodgers, Josh Brown of the St. Louis Rams, and Michael Redd of the Milwaukee Bucks are a few athletes who will not go on the field without their performance mouthguards. Athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, Mixed Martial Arts, bicycling, running, golf, tennis and even race car driving are finding performance improvements using their performance mouthguards.
These mouthguards are available in two designs and two levels one for professionals and a simpler version for amateur athletes. We have fit hundreds of high school and college athletes in every competitive sport. The first power mouthguard is an upper protective mouthguard for contact sports. The second version fits over the biting surfaces of the lower teeth and is designed for any sport where direct contact to the teeth is unlikely. It is fabulous for golf, weight lifting, aerobics, and all personal exercise programs.
Saints Try New Technology
by Doug Miller, NewOrleansSaints.com
Tuesday, November 03, 2009 – 11:00 AM
During Monday Night Footballs telecast of the Saints thrilling 35-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the Louisiana Superdome, color analyst and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden talked about a new mouth piece that many Saints players are using this season.
The revolutionary product is called: Pure Power Makkar. It is designed to be more than just a mouth guard and strives to increase balance, strength, flexibility, range of motion and endurance.
Numerous Saints players are wearing the mouth piece, which were specially fitted for each individual player during consultations at the Saints practice facility.
How does it work?
The Science is based on the position of the lower jaw, when the lower jaw is in the right position it aligns the neck with the spine. When the body is in a perfect erect position, you experience the above noted benefits. Unfortunately, 95% of the population is not in proper alignment.
The proper alignment of the lower jaw, is defined, via a tens machine. This machine relaxes the major muscle groups of the face, and thereby putting the jaw in a relaxed state. Once the right position of the jaw is found, it is captured with a bite registration material. This bite is then sent to a lab and incorporated into a re-positioning device (mouthpiece).
This special bite is the foundation of an athlete unlocking their true potential. Once the athlete bites into the PPM, the muscles in their face become completely relaxed, which allows them to use more of their upper and lower body strength.
Instant balance is achieved, because the lower jaw has come down and forward, thus allowing the neck to align it with the spine.
Here is the link to The Saints website: NewOrleansSaints.com
Aids in Concussion Prevention
To help reduce the chances of suffering from a concussion, it is important to always wear a protective mouthguard while participating in sports. The implementation of this properly-fitted mouth guard with the prescribed thickness separates the mandible (lower jaw) from the maxilla (upper jaw). This limits the chance of obtaining a concussion via a direct blow to the jaw. This, as well as wearing properly fitted protective head gear and chin straps allows for the utmost protection from dangerous head trauma.
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What are athlete’s saying about it? Here are a few testimonials from some of the world’s best professional athletes.
If I don’t have it in, it’s like playing baseball without a cup. It has become part of my uniform.
Michael Cuddyer, Minnesota Twins
I tried it, not only on the field but off the field during workouts. I could feel the difference in my endurance. I was stronger, my body felt better.
Adrian Peterson, Running Back, Minnesota Vikings
When the game is on the line I want my body and mind to be 100% in sync, this technology makes that happen for me.
Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers, NHL All-Star
The PPM is a simple and elegant design. The scientific concept of the PPM is to obtain a neutral bite which in turn maximizes the ability to recruit muscle fibers in motor movements. Most importantly, however, is that it actually works out on the field and in the weight room. This device will help you reach your full potential.
Steven Hauschka – Starting kicker for the Baltimore Ravens
Salita Speaks On The Pure Power Mouthguard & Derrick Campos
By Matt Goldstein – Article Courtesy of Boxingtalk.com
I have more balance so it adds to my overall capability, breathing, stamina and strength. I can lift more weight for more reps.
Boxingtalk caught up with junior welterweight contender Dmitriy Salita, who commented on the most-talked about mouth guard in sports, the Pure Power Mouthguard, as well as his opponent this Saturday night, Derrick Campos. Dmitriy has been using the Pure Power Mouthguard for three months and is convinced it’s made him a different fighter. “It’s the best mouthpiece I have ever used. When I have rough and intense sparring sessions there is no pain,” Dmitriy claimed.
“I have more balance so it adds to my overall capability, breathing, stamina and strength. I can lift more weight for more reps. I noticed the difference right away.” Earlier in the week, Boxingtalk published an article in which three TMJ dentists explained through nuero-muscular dentistry and physiology, that when the overbite is adjusted appropriately and the TMJ is less restricted, facial, head, neck, trap, shoulder, spinal, glute and hamstring muscles become relaxed.
The Pure Power Mouthguard must be fitted by a trained dentist who can accurately measure the patients overbite in order to be adjusted appropriately. More information can be found at www.ppmmouthguard.com
Dmitriy went on to discuss his preparation for the Derrick Campos fight this Saturday night on the undercard of Joe Calzaghe-Roy Jones Jr.. “I am in great condition and I have been in camp since Sept 1st. I feel that this is going to open a lot of doors for me and I want to fight the best fighters in my division.” Dmitriy continued, “Campos is a good puncher and he hurt a few guys so I have to watch out for that. I hope my mouth guard won’t get tested too much,” he said jokingly.
In closing Salita added, “I think this is going to be a great fight and Calzaghe-Jones is going to be a great fight. I am the best Jr. Welterweight in the world.” Dmitriy Salita currently holds a record 28-0 with 16 knockouts. Salita and Calzaghe-Jones can be seen this Saturday night on HBO PPV.
If you are an athlete looking for that extra edge to improve your football, golf, mma, running, or any sport for that matter, visit our office to see if you are a candidate for a Power Mouthguard!
Click on the Compendium cover to read research on performance mouthpieces.
How Cortisol Effects Performance
Cortisol, known as the regulator of immune response, is a hormone controlled by the adrenal cortex. This powerful hormone is also known as an adrenalcorticol hormone, a glucocorticoid and hydrocortisone or simply cortisone. Cortisol has a catabolic (muscle breakdown) effect on tissue and is associated with a decrease in anabolic (muscle growth) hormones like IGF-1 and GH. Thus reducing levels of cortisol is ideal for an athlete to achieve tissue growth and positive adaptations to exercise training.
Playing many different roles in the body, cortisol can have a negative impact on sleep, mood, sex drive, bone health, ligament health, cardiovascular health and athletic performance, potentially causing fatigue and inflammation. Its primary functions are to increase protein breakdown, inhibit glucose uptake and increase lipolysis (the breakdown of fats).
While cortisol in normal amounts is necessary for proper metabolic function, a chronic elevated cortisol level has adverse effects on health, mood, body composition and performance. Elevated cortisol secretion from physical or mental stress, or lack of a good nights sleep causes fat, protein and carbohydrates to be rapidly mobilized in order for the body to take action against the stressor. This is sometimes referred to as the ‘fight or flight’ response.
The mobilization of these nutrients in addition to epinephrine and a number of other endocrine hormones allows the body to take quick action when presented with stress. During this mobilization, cortisol and adrenaline increase while DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) and testosterone decrease. A chronic elevated cortisol level causes the body to enter a state of constant muscle breakdown and suppressed immune function, increasing risk of injury while reducing muscle.
It is only with chronic elevated cortisol levels that performance will suffer, but the effect is dramatic. Excess cortisol suppresses the immune system, producing a greater risk of upper respiratory infections and depressed levels of testosterone. On top of that, the body will be in a catabolic state — breaking down muscle and storing fat. In addition to reducing muscle and getting sick, suppressed testosterone means suppressed recovery. Aerobic and anaerobic muscle fibers need time to repair and recover from hard workouts to improve their capacity to exercise.
Elevated cortisol and suppressed testosterone do not allow maximized recovery, leading to slower performance gains. A Swiss study of elite male cyclists suggested that ratios of anabolic to catabolic hormones (ie. testosterone/cortisol or IGF-1/cortisol) may be useful markers for the detection of overtraining (Hug et al. 2003). In fact, scientists use this Free Testosterone/Cortisol ratio to evaluate an athlete’s training state. A ratio where cortisol is elevated indicates overtraining, so the modulation of this ratio can be key for those athletes who are susceptible to overtraining.
A literature review of hormonal responses to exercise by Steinacker et al. (2003) suggested that with glycogen deficiency, cortisol levels are elevated and induce a “myopathy-like state” in skeletal muscle.
And it’s not only what is eaten but when. Breakfast is a necessity, which will help regulate blood sugar and cortisol prior to workouts. In a recent paper by Dr. Mark Davis and Dr. Adrienne Brown, it was clearly demonstrated that ingesting carbohydrates during exercise modulates many of the endocrine hormones, including cortisol. To ensure that glycogen stores are not depleted, carbohydrates should be ingested while exercising along with a high quality recovery drink with high levels of carbohydrates immediately following exhaustive exercise. The bottom line: endurance training should not be attempted on a high protein, low carbohydrate diet.
A high dose of B vitamins and calcium can help regulate the endocrine hormones necessary for proper cortisol control. Supplementing (on an empty stomach) with 4+ grams of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) and 6+ grams glutamine following exhaustive exercise can have a dramatic effect on cortisol. In fact, in a 25-week study of intercollegiate swimmers the group supplementing with BCAAs and glutamine showed a significant decrease in serum cortisol. A study done by Stone entitled “Effects of Vitamin C on cortisol and the Testosterone: cortisol ratio” showed a decrease in cortisol levels in 17 junior elite weight lifters.
This study also showed that the individuals taking vitamin C (an extra gram a day) improved their testosterone to cortisol ratio by over 20%. This type of decrease in cortisol can lead to increased muscle and connective tissue hypertrophy and enhanced recovery from training. Since vitamin C also decreases the chance of suffering from a cold or flu infection by 30% and may aid in collagen synthesis, it would be wise to take some extra vitamin C when involved in an intense training program. Beta-Carotene, which is often times used for healthy skin function, may also minimize cortisol levels according to Dr. Sapse. He suggested this in an abstract he presented at the 1997 conference on cortisol and anti-cortisols.
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