I am curious if anyone has any experience with Dry Needling for this population who suffer with no saliva formation, chronic painful sore throat, etc. I am currently treating the patient for lymphedema and fibrosis of the head and neck, 5 mos post radiation completion and chemotherapy with no surgical intervention. Some literature recommends acupuncture so thinking dry needling would be worth trialing.
When you needle the superficial and deep Masseter you will be going through the parotid gland and when you needle the medial pterygoid muscle inferiorly you will go through the submandibular gland. Intra-oral manual therapy can also address this particularly massaging and stretching the tongue using a 4X4 gauze pad to manipulate the tongue. This can have a effect not he sublingual gland. Feel free to email me at [email protected] and we can set up a zoom call do discuss in more detail if you find this helpful.