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Straight Teeth Talk: Dentistry and massage therapy

By Mac Lee
Dec. 4, 2012 at 6:04 a.m.

World ranked 110-meter hurdler and Olympic trials qualifier Chris Thomas, who also does massage therapy (deep tissue and wellness), came to the camp and demonstrated how we are helping those with head and neck pain.

I align myself with some very smart, well-known dentists from all over the world. Being from Texas and owning a ranch puts me in a great position because Texas just naturally stands out and is the go-to place, especially for things like hog hunting. There is a general agreement from my foreign dental friends that when they think of the U.S., they first think of Texas. We still stand out from a world perspective.

This year, a top Russian dentist joined us for our annual neuromuscular dental hog hunt at my ranch. His dental specialty, as is all of ours, is treating people with temporomandibular joint disorder and head and neck pain. He teaches dentists in Russia to do what I and my friends do in the U.S. and Canada. He was a great addition to the camp, and the vodka from Moscow was incredible.

Being as high profiled as he is in Russia, I thought he would be shocked at how primitive our deer camp is, i.e. no electricity, running water, etc. He said that our place was much better than what most rural peasants live in in Russia.

The reason for the hunt is to have fun, share in the uniqueness of Texas and to learn from one another as to what we are doing in our respective dental practices. The other dentists were from Savannah, Ga. (Paula Deen's dentist); Calgary, Canada; a fabulous dentist from Austin, plus the Russian.

I brought out a surprise guest who was able to open their eyes on some new techniques and philosophies that could help their practice in a way they never thought about - world-ranked 110-meter hurdler and Olympic trials qualifier, Chris Thomas. Thomas, who also does massage therapy (deep tissue and wellness), came to the camp and demonstrated how he and I are helping those with head and neck pain. Thomas does these therapeutic massages in my office and in Victoria (Dr. Cox's office).

Chris brought his table and did live demonstrations on the guys who were there. They were so impressed, they want Chris to train massage therapists for their own offices, so they can get the results he and I have been getting.

Next month, I will explain more on how an unbalanced body can create pain because of muscle trigger points and how bringing the body back into balance can help get rid of pain.

Dr. Mac Lee practices in Edna. He is an international speaker to dentists and is an adviser to Dr. Mehmet Oz. To learn more, visit or call 361-782-7191.



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