SOMA therapy has been treating patients who suffer from long term orofacial pain for over 20 years. The SOMA was initially developed for treating orofacial pain related to the temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Orofacial pain is described as a pain felt from mouth, jaws, face, side of the head, ears or even behind the eyes. Patients who suffer from TMD commonly have trouble with mouth opening, clicking jaw joint, headaches, neck pain or sleep disorder.
The SOMA treatment involves gentle expansion of bony structures in the upper palate without creating pain. This produces major improvements in facial patterns and straightening teeth, while settling down the sympathetic nerve overdrive. Through its design, the SOMA avoids fight back of facial muscles which is commonly seen in conventional dental appliances. By reducing muscle fight back, the SOMA can effectively decompress the temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) to a stable comfortable position to also provide immediate relief of TMD.
The SOMA has also helped to relive different types of chronic pain, respiratory problems, neck/spine problems and immune system malfunction. There is a hypothetical possibility that the pituitary gland and pituitary thyroid adrenal axis is affected.