Well there is more to it than that but there is a definite connection. Posture is directly affected by your feet and the length of your legs (are they the same length?). Posture is also more that just the bones, it is directly dependent on the muscles of the back and neck. And these muscles get signals from the nervous system: thus the connection between bone, muscles and nerves is a neuromuscular connection. There is a constant nerve signal, muscles respond and bones move. If there is an imbalance in this system, say from the feet, then the imbalance affects the entire system up including the position of the head and the bite.
Sleep Apnea and TMJ problems are NOT JUST LOCAL problems. They cannot be treated to the optimal condition unless all the causes are diagnosed and treated, i.e. bad posture, short legs, flat feet, airway restrictions, etc. That means that Neuromuscular Therapy and may involve several neuromuscular disciplines.
As a neuromuscular dentist, I routinely bring neuromuscular massage therapists such as John Barrera in Corpus Christi,Tx and Rebecca Saindon in Nashville, TN into a patient’s therapy. These two neuromuscular physical therapist are both Paul St. John trained and are both educators, teaching courses on Neuromucular techniques. I also use special chiropractors who are called Atlas Orthogonists. These other disciplines are often necessary to get optimal results.
This site is new (just up this month) but my neuromuscular background is 25 years old beginning with the AAGO (the American Academy of Gnathological Orthopedics). I am a graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) which is entirely based on neuromuscular principles in oral restorations and TMJ/TMD treatment.
LVI integrates the entire body health into neruomuscular principles. Sleep Apnea causes posture problems (and vice versa) and begins with children as they compensate for compromised airways due to growth, allergies, genetics and habits. The airway compromise leads to forward head posture (FHP) and compensating as well as adaptive problems in the upper posterior cervicals and all the way down. I can treat the airway but must have help with adjunctive therapy to correct the posture and improve the outcome.
Don Lowrance, MS, DDS