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Typical Applications

Malpositioned teeth

Dizzyness

Sleep apnea

Swallowing disorders

Hearing disorders

Impaired breathing

Snoring

Pain

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FaceFormer training is a cause-oriented, neurophysiological treatment concept. The training includes exercises for tensioning and relaxing of muscles and for the functional adjustemt and correction as well as for the activation of brain nerve functions. Important elements of the holistic therapy are:

  • Guided movements
  • Low-pressure formation in the mouth and throat
  • Activation of breathing and functions of lower and upper respiratory tract
  • Activations of interactive muscle chain functions
  • Stimulation of cranial nerve functions
  • Pattern formation in the brain
  • Functional correction
  • Functional harmonization
  • Strengthening the orofacial and pharyngeal muscles
  • Optimization of cranio-cervical balance and sensomotor activity
  • Optimization of the body statics
  • Stimulation of metabolism
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Treat symptoms with positive pressure breathing or treat causes with FaceFormer training therapy

Devices for positive pressure breathing with various technical principles, such as CPAP, also commonly known as PAP devices, are considered the gold standard in the therapy of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. The abbreviation CPAP stands for “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure”. With this technique, a compressor produces compressed air. Via a…

Allergies – A vicious circle of cause and effect

Mouth breathing is the consequence of obstructed nasal breathing. It usually exists from childhood on. The airways of the nose have become narrow at an early age due to a lack of respiratory flow stimulation. In the case of allergic reactions, the mucous membranes in the nasal conchae swell additionally, causing the airways to become even narrower or even close. Mouth breathing is the unavoidable consequence. This creates a vicious circle: The harmful mouth breathing is both trigger and intensifier of the allergy. If it persists, constant repetition and aggravation are to be expected.


How the nose helps us

Due to mouth breathing, viruses, bacteria, pollen and dust can enter the the respiratory tract unhindered. This allows countless pathogens to bypass the most important filter of the body’s defense system, the nose.

Treat symptoms with positive pressure breathing or treat causes with FaceFormer training therapy

Devices for positive pressure breathing with various technical principles, such as CPAP, also commonly known…

Allergies – A vicious circle of cause and effect

Mouth breathing is the consequence of obstructed nasal breathing. It usually exists from childhood on. The airways of the nose have become narrow at an early age due to a lack of respiratory flow stimulation. In the case of allergic reactions, the mucous membranes in the nasal conchae swell additionally, causing the airways to become even narrower or even close. Mouth breathing is the unavoidable consequence. This creates a vicious circle: The harmful mouth breathing is both trigger and intensifier of the allergy. If it persists, constant repetition and aggravation are to be expected.

The front line of the airways

Breathing masks create a false sense of security. They are not very effective and only protect against infections when used correctly. Nasal breathing, on the other hand, is the ever-present, natural front line against corona and other viruses, bacteria, pollen and much more that attack health.

Nasal breathing – Natural protection against infection with corona virus

Nasal breathing is a natural protection against infections with viruses and bacteria. The FaceFormer method trains natural nasal breathing and stops unhealthy mouth breathing. Find out how FaceFormer Training can also help you optimize and strengthen your immune system.

FaceFormer Therapy – causally against many symptoms

The aim of FaceFormer Therapy is to correct the causes of a syndrome (cranio-cervical dysfunction syndrome). Disturbances of the two most vital functional systems, breathing and swallowing, cause numerous diseases that manifest themselves individually in a wide range of symptoms. This is where FaceFormer Therapy focuses on, by correcting the cause of the dysfunctions, stabilizing the biological system and thus eliminating the syndrome.

CMD – In the maze of specialization

Pain from top to bottom is often assigned to the mode diagnosis CMD. However, the causes of the problem are not as clear-cut as some specialists believe and it is not uncommon for the treatment to miss its target and better not to have been carried out. The actual causes often remain unconsidered or are not even known. If they are neglected, however, they remain for a lifetime and constantly cause other health problems.


The FaceFormer – Training device for the FaceFormer therapy

The patented FaceFormer is an approved medical device. It has been especially developed as training device for the FaceFormer therapy by Berndsen/Berndsen.

Effective influence

Continous Face Former training has an effective impact on cranial nerve function and brain performance, neurophysiological patterning, coordination, tension of tissues and muscles, functions in the mouth, throat and facial regions, body posture, body movement and sensory abilities. It strengthens and harmonizes muscle functions, which are of special importance for chewing, swallowing, speaking, breathing, tooth position and facial expressions, skin, head and body balance.

The shape and material are exactly matched to the forces to be set. They are the result of scientifically controlled adjustments to a large number of patients. Allergic reactions to the high quality and medically approved material are not known.

Der patentierte Dr. Berndsen FaceFormer

A training device developed for the FaceFormer therapy.

FaceFormer therapy – Neurophysiological – Cause oriented

The FaceFormer therapy is based on a cause-oriented, functional training program. Such treatments are well established. They have proven themselves in medicine over decades for the optimization of support and movement functions, against pain and for the conversion of defective movements and malfunctions. The faceformer therapy is therefore applied successfully worldwide.

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Basic position

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Lips pressing exercise

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Pulling exercise forward

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Pulling exercise upward

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Pulling exercise downward

Gradual approach

Causal therapies, such as the FaceFormer therapy are not successful from one day to the next. Instead, a gradual approach to the desired goal is achieved and success is stabilized. Corrected functions can replace drugs and aids. Surgery can be prevented.

Different from assistive devices

The FaceFormer therapy differs significantly from assistive devices, which may have an effect only in the moment of direct application and thus only affect the symptom. We call this procedure ‘crutching therapy’. ‘If the crutch is not used the patient will fall!’ The goal of somehow getting along without the aid can not be achieved. ‘ The dependency to the crutch remains to the grave. ‘ Lifelong care must also be constantly monitored, improved and strengthened. The resulting costs are immeasurable.

Even in surgical procedures in the mouth, nose, throat, the adequate causative orientation is often lacking. Corrections using scalpels, lasers or radiiwaves, therefore, often lead to only temporary, little or no success. Corrections using scalpels, lasers or radiiwaves, therefore, often lead to only temporary, little or no success.

Persistent changes induced by FaceFormer training

The causal FaceFormer therapy is able to induce positive changes within only a few days or weeks. However, further optimization and, above all, stability will only be achieved if the FaceFormer therapy is applied over a long period of time, according to the guidelines. Therapy is only completed when physiological movement patterns, postures and muscle tension have been consolidated.

For a lasting therapy succes

The FaceFormer therapy should be carried out regularly over a period of 6 months, in order to automate and habituate correct movement patterns and muscle chain functions. This is urgently needed for a lasting therapy success. This applies also if the aimed success already appears after a short time.

Low time expenditure

Because the therapy is easy to carry out and the time expenditure is low (daily 3 times approx. 7 minutes), this should be possible without any problems. Sufficient motivation for a dedicated enduring of the FaceFormer therapy should be the prospect of achieving an unloaded condition with a reasonable effort – even without therapy and aids.

Nightly application of the FaceFormer

The intended night-time application is not only to temporarily prevent disorders, but mainly aims at the conversion of malfunctions and habits. Such conversions are urgently required, since false habits can be both cause and result.

Successful FaceFormer therapy requires adherence to the exercise program on the daytime application of the FaceFormer as well as in the night time. Solely nightly application of the FaceFormer will only have positive impact on the acute state. Conscious training during the day is necessary to reach a state that approaches to the unencumbered normality without using any tools.

FaceFormer training device in nightly application

FaceFormer training device in nightly application


FaceFormer Therapy

The FaceFormer is the patented training device for the Neurophysiological FaceFormer therapy, a cause-oriented, functional training program.

The exercises with the FaceFormer are successfully applied in a variety of indications. As a causal therapy, FaceFormer therapy can bring about a lasting improvement of the existing condition in numerous symptoms and functionally caused disorders.

FaceFormer therapy promotes muscles and functions of the cranial nerve activities of the head, face, mouth and throat region. Those funcional sections and their mechanisms are well coordinated, have far-reaching effects and support each other.

This must become a habit

Symbol for nose breathing

Nose breathing

Symbol for strectched neck

Stretched neck

Symbol for tongue position

Tongue position

Impairments and disorders of these function can provoke harmful effects in other segements of the human body. FaceFormer therapy therefore has a broad field of applications. Numerous scientific studies have convincingly proofed the efficacy of this causistic therapy against various disorders.

FaceFormer applications

  • Disorders when swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Malfunctions of the tongue
  • Impaired mastication
  • Functionally related speech disorders
  • To stop thumb sucking and lip biting behaviour
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis of the mouth and/or face
  • Before or after face, jaw and tongue surgery
  • Malpositioned teeth, jaw anomalies
  • Tooth grinding (Bruxism)
  • CMD (craniomandibular dysfunction)
  • Disorders of temporomandibular joints
  • Preparation and adaption of dental restorations and implants
  • Snoring, sleep apnea
  • Sudden deafness, Tinnitus
  • Vertigo, Meniere‘s disease
  • Pressure imbalance of the middle ear
  • Prevent mouth breathing and support nose breathing
  • Migraine
  • Activation of cranial nerve functions
  • Disorders  of head balance and body statics
  • Impaired salivation, influence on  the metabolism
  • Diabetes
  • Reflux
  • Asthma
  • Head, face, neck and back pain
  • Slack skin and muscles in the facial region
  • Functional cosmetics

FaceFormer Therapy: Users report their experience

Successful therapy against jaw pain

The patient suffered from massive jaw pain, which brought to despair. After painfull 15 years, accompanied from countless futile therapies, FaceFormer therapy finally brought deliverance.

Active Cosmetics by FaceFormer Training

It is indisputable fact that our body keeps itself in shape simply by active muscle training. This also applies to the head, neck and face region. Hence, regular FaceFormer training has remarkable positive cosmetic effects on the tension of facial muscles and skin, toning of the chin and neck region. It promotes a better facial symmetry, strengthens lip tension and mouth closure as well as it improves head and body posture …

Does FaceFormer therapy have an impact on diabetes?

In February 2011, a medical practitioner reported a striking observation. Some of his patients who suffered from diabetes applied FaceFormer training. Meanwhile, within a few days, the blood glucose content was noticeably reduced. The inventor of the FaceFormer, Dr. Klaus Berndsen, was subsequently asked to explain possible causal relationships in an opinion.

What you should know about snoring, sleep apnea and its treatment

Snoring is not only a considerable own stress, but also often an intolerable and annoying noise for the spouse. While occasional snoring is usually harmless, snoring accompanied by frequent breathing interruptions requires treatment, particularly if the concerned person subsequently often feels tired in the daytime. The main cause of snoring and also sleep apnea is the atony of muscles and tissues in the mouth, throat, nasal cavity. Saggy tissue narrows the air passages to the lungs.

CPAP ventilation – who lends us crutches does not help us

Technical overpressure breathing is regarded as the gold standard in the therapy of obstructive sleep apnea. However, many CPAP users do not withstand the concomitant strain permanently and give up at some point. The causes do not change, and every night without CPAP ventilation makes this aware again. Patients must use their “crutches” lifelong every night to reduce their breathing problems, because it is a purely symptomatic treatment.

FaceFormer therapy against CMD – Cranio-mandibular dysfunctions

Cranio-mandibular dysfunction, abbreviated CMD, is used as the generic term for a multitude of complaints that concern the masticatory system. Besides pain and movement disturbances in the temporomandibular joint or chewing musculature often accompanied by a restricted mouth opening, as well as tinnitus, dizziness and swallowing difficulties, but also a supposedly incorrect bite are oftenly attributed to the most common symptoms of CMD …

Why does FaceFormer Therapy work against vertigo?

Vertigo attacks may occur without any signs from one second to the other and often without visible external impact. Erronenous stimuli on the human equilibrium organ, which is associated with the inner ear and responsible for hearing, as well as central irritations in the human brain, are probably the most frequent causes. But also inflammation, heart disorders, circulatory problems, metabolic dyfunctions, vascular issues, psychological influences etc. must be considered.

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Main causes for neck pain and back pain

Pain in the region of head, shoulder, neck and back can be caused by numerous triggers. In most cases, muscle tension, through static deficiencies and incorrect loads, is the cause of the pain. As the age grows, typical wear phenomena are also associated. Wear, however, does not necessarily lead to a pain problem. Despite degenerative alterations, most people remain mostly free of pain. In others, however, intermittent pain occurs sooner or later, which can lead to chronic long-term pain.

Applications and Indications

The FaceFormer is the patented training device for the Neurophysiological FaceFormer therapy, a cause-oriented, functional training program. The exercises with the FaceFormer are successfully applied in a variety of indications. As a causal therapy, FaceFormer therapy can bring about a lasting improvement of the existing condition in numerous symptoms and functionally caused disorders.

Extensive FaceFormer Therapy

The extension of the FaceFormer therapy is based on the enhancement of the Interactive Cranio-Cervical Functional Model according to Berndsen/Berndsen. It takes into account the impact of complex cranial functions on body statics, motoric patterns, activation of complex neurophysiological processes as well as specific brain activities. The method is, on the one hand, an integral part of the diagnosis or course diagnosis and, on the other hand, adjuvant or dominant therapeutic aid. Coordinatively interactive processes The extensive FaceFormer therapy combines the activation of special brain functions with neurophysiological movement patterns of the head and complex movement patterns of the body.…

TAS – Training therapy against apnea and snoring

TAS has emerged from the work and research of Dr. Klaus and Sabine Berndsen, two specialists for ‘neurophysiological myofunctions’. Over many years, they have developed effective treatment methods that are primarily used in severe disorders of eating, drinking, breathing and speech, as well as in head and neck pain. Based on extensive knowledge about the interaction of important muscle chain functions and the influence on neural patterns, Berndsen/Berndsen succeeded in the development of a simple training therapy against snoring and sleep apnea. Instructed specialists like doctors and therapists overtake instructor functions themselves and concentrate their work on guidance, counseling and success…

Certified Therapists

The application of  FaceFormer therapy as well as  AS – Training Therapy against Snoring and sleap apnea – is performed exclusively under the direction of physicians and therapists, which have completed intensive professional trainings with subsequent examinations and certifications at the ISST Unna – Institute for Special Systemic Therapy, a certified medical facility. As proof of evidence for therapeutical qualifications, the degree recipients receive a document of professional trainings confirming their achievements. The trainings for Face Former therapy and TAS are completed according to the set standards of Dr. Klaus and Sabine Berndsen. The complete trainings spectrum is only available at…

Users report their experience with FaceFormer therapy

Thousands of users have been helped in various health problems through consistent FaceFormer training. Here, some enthusiastic users report to share their personal experiences with you. Learn more about individual insight on the FaceFormer-Therapie and find out the potential. Experience reports Report on your own experience! The use of the FaceFormer has helped you to alleviate or completely eliminate your specific problems with snoring, sleep apnea, jaw pain, teeth grinding or other symptoms? Then tell us and other users about your personal experiences with the FaceFormer. We are interested in your opinion and insights! Report your personal experience from FaceFormer…


FaceFormer Therapy: Users report their experience

Users report their experience with FaceFormer therapy

Users report their experience with FaceFormer therapy

Thousands of users have been helped in various health problems through consistent FaceFormer training. Here, some enthusiastic users report to share their personal experiences with you. Learn more about individual insight on the FaceFormer-Therapie and find out the potential.

Users report their experience with FaceFormer therapy

Experience reports

Cleft lip and palate – Consistent FaceFormer training pays off

The turning point: Only the consistent use of FaceFormer brought significant progress in the treatment of the son’s cleft lip and palate.

Finally an end to breathing stops

In a spontaneous telephone conversation with our practice, the 80 year old former farmer Karl Kaub from Büren-Brenken told us about his consistently positive experiences with FaceFormer Therapy.

Consistent training against neck pain and jaw cracking

Aufgrund Kieferproblemen, knackenden Gelenken und vermutlich daraus resultierenden Nacken- und Kopfschmerzen empfahl der Physiotherapeut seiner Patientin den FaceFormer. Konsequentes Training mit dem Faci brachte auch bald Erleichterung.

Long search for help

Die Patientin litt unter starken Verspannungen und Schmerzen im Nacken, Gesicht und im Kieferbereich. Nach langer Odyssee von einem Arzt zum nächsten und zahllosen erfolglosen Therapieversuchen wurde sie auf den FaceFormer aufmerksam gemacht.

Nighttime sound attacks have subsided

About 6 weeks ago I purchased your FaceFormer. The use of FaceFormer has now allowed me to move back into the shared bedroom 😊. The nightly noise attacks have decreased enormously. I am very happy about this!

Facy – was besseres konnte mir nicht passieren.

Viele Jahre lang hatte die Patientin große Probleme mit heftigem Ohrenrauschen und starken Nackenschmerzen, bis die gesamte Lebensqualität darunter litt. Kein Arzt konnte helfen. Schließlich wurde sie auf die FaceFormer Therapie aufmerksam gemacht. Die anfängliche Skepsis wich jedoch bald der Freude über die rasch eintretende Besserung. Konsequente Anwendung des FaceFormers brachte schließlich den Erfolg.

FaceFormer Therapy ends long suffering

Eine chronische Nebenhöhlenentzündung und CMD führten zu zahllosen erfolglosen Therapieversuchen. Dann wurden als Ursachen der Probleme Fehlfunktionen im Mund- und Rachenraum, fehlenden Mundschluss und Mundatmung erkannt. Aufgrund fehlender Nasenatmung wurde das Nasennebenhöhlensystem nicht ausreichend belüftet. Eine intensive Übungsbehandlung mit dem FaceFormer führte schließlich zum Erfolg.

Training the mouth muscles with the FaceFormer

Our son Theo (5 years) has problems with his mouth muscles from birth. As a baby this was evident in the fact that he had to exert himself a lot when drinking and usually had his mouth open. Even today he still opens his mouth very often and has his tongue a little bit out of his mouth. However, the opening of the mouth and the advancement of the tongue are not due to mouth breathing, but are caused solely by the weak muscle tone in the entire mouth area. I then ordered the FaceFormer for my son on the…

Jaw anomaly: Experience after 2 months of use

The orthodontist advised the use of FaceFormer due to a jaw anomaly in our 8-year-old son. We then purchased the appliance directly from Dr. Berndsen. I can only recommend purchasing the FaceFormer Special Set. It contains a training DVD and an application plan.

FaceFormer against snoring – Pleasant side effect

Mainly I use the Face Former against snoring. I have tried out many things in the past: braces, nose strips, anti-snoring ointment, etc. This should be the last try before buying a custom-made brace for several hundred euros. Therefore, my wife and I were very sceptical at first.

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FaceFormer Therapy: Users report their experience

The use of the FaceFormer has helped you to alleviate or completely eliminate your specific problems with snoring, sleep apnea, jaw pain, teeth grinding or other symptoms? Then tell us and other users about your personal experiences with the FaceFormer. We are interested in your opinion and insights!

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About Us – Dr. Berndsen medical

Since 1984 the founders of the Dr. Berndsen medical Company, Dr. Klaus Berndsen and Sabine Berndsen are intensively engaged in research and development of medical technical devices and new therapeutical methods. Their innnovoations received patents, awards and international appreciation. The products offered in Dr. Berndsen web store have emerged either from own research and development or were especially selected from other manufacturers. Our selection is always associated with scientific and/or practical tests. The shop offers only products that meet the requirements of specific test procedures. The customer receives important and useful information.

Sabine Berndsen, managing director from Dr. Berndsen medical

Sabine Berndsen
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Dr. Klaus Berndsen, scientific director from Dr. Berndsen medical

Dr. Klaus Berndsen
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Dr. Klaus Berndsen and Sabine Berndsen inform about the status of their research as part of continuing education, teaching at universities and publications in scientific journals and books. Their methods and developments are known worldwide and presented internationally by the media. They are influenced from biotechnical research, current developments in brain and stem cell research, as well as from results in learning and motivation research.

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Scientific studies

Lip strength measurement using the FaceFormer

Lip strength measurement: The study of Jena University critically evaluates analyses of the reliability of function-focused measurements of the perioral musculature with the FaceFormer. It concludes, that the results of the lip strength measurement using the FaceFormer were highly significant reproducable. First data of the trainability for the perioral musculature suggest the FaceFormer – if consequentially applied – as an effective, simple and cost efficient trainings device for myofunctional therapy.

Treatment Strategies for Myofunctional FaceFormer Therapy

This study examinated indications and treatment strategies for myfunctional therapy with the FaceFormer. The goal was the clinical presentation of a new diagnostic and therapeutical concept for myofunctional disturbances of the facial musculature and the mandibular (jaw) musculature. As a conclusion, the FaceFormer device seems useful for broad clinical applications, because the first positive changes were diagnosable within the first two weeks of therapy. Furthermore, as determined from patient information, the new device was much better accepted than the other aiding devices.

Comparative evaluation of the effectiveness of the FaceFormer

Because there are many examples of orthodontic malpositions, soft tissue dysfunctions exist and are seen as causal factors of the malpositions. Besides the exercises, which were developed over time in context of myofunctional therapy, single therapy is also offered with supporting equipment. The goal of this study was to comparatively evaluate the effectiveness of the FaceFormer, a device which primarily modifies the soft tissue of the lips.

Effects of the Face Former Therapy on Snoring and Sleep Apnea

In controlled pilot study, the success of the Face Former Therapy in Patients with snoring and sleep apnea was determined. A three-month long phase of therapy of four exercises daily was necessary. One exercise unit included 20 repeats of a basic exercise and 20 repeats of minimally one circuit exercise. After three weeks if nose breathing improved through the exercise, the Face Former device was also used during night. The goal was to make a habit of nose breathing.

FaceFormer Therapy and the Impact on Spinal Cord Position

Goal The goal of this pilot study was to discover whether the FaceFormer therapy of Dr. Berndsen could specifically the activate the interactive musculatures of craniomandibular and cervical systems while simultaneously influencing body tension. Thereby, interest was focused especially on the impact of deviations in the areas of the spinal column and pelvis. To capture such changes, the three dimensional back scanning method (Formetric, Diers) was used.

Better Breathing with Face Former Therapy

Goal The goal of the pilot study was to discover whether the Face Former Therapy of Dr. Klaus Berndsen and Sabine Berndsen had a measurable positive influences on certain disorders such as snoring, sleep apnea, pain within the head, face, neck, breathing disorders and posture problems as well as on running performance.

New Ways to Treat Functional Bruxismus

Context Bruxismus (teeth grinding) is a pathological parafunctional activity. Conventional treatments primarily take into account the use of dental splints and psychological behavioral training. Both methods seldom attain satisfactory therapeutical results. A new method for the treatment of CMD is the Face Former Therapy® (FFT). Using Bernadine/Bernadine’s Cranio-Cervical-Myofunctional Models (CCMF), pathological disharmonies of the orofacial region should be alleviated through activation of muscle group functions and replaced by new neurophysiological behaviors.

Evaluation of a new concept of functional therapy supporting orthodontic treatment

Persisting orofacial dysfunctions impede the normal development of the orofacial and craniocervical region and reduce the stability of any orthodontic treatment. Myofunctional therapy is a treatment concept to harmonize orofacial function and is conducted by speech therapists. Because of waiting periods before the start of treatment and the duration of myofunctional therapy an overall time period of one to two years must be taken into account between referral and end of myofunctional therapy. Furthermore, individual treatment outcome depends on several factors.