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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 hose and a face mask connected to it, this air is fed continuously into the upper airways with the same intensity. There, a positive air pressure (PEEP) is established, which is permanently directed, like a pillar, against slack tissue (air splinting). This is intended to expand the airways and support the patient’s own breathing.

No healing through symptomatic CPAP therapy

Is “gold standard” the right term for a method that merely suppresses symptoms and cannot correct the root cause of the disorder? Considering the benefits of the method on the part of industry and therapists alone, the term seems certainly to be correctly applied. From patients view, however, causal treatments are always the first choice and thus the real “gold standard”. Nevertheless, symptomatic therapies dominate the field and usually create lifelong dependencies on drugs or assistive devices. Taking into account the verbal semantics, such therapies are far away from “gold” ( valuable) and belong to the category “alternative treatments”.
All hyperbaric treatments have a “crutch function”, their effect is solely focused on the symptom and which will only occur in moments of current application. If the patient does not find new ways, there is a lifelong dependency on the use of an elaborate “crutch” from the beginning of the device therapy.There is no chance that positive pressure treatments will ever provide a natural breathing pattern independently from the device.

Positive pressure breathing – Most expensive medical technology supply

The first CPAP supplies began in 1983 and since then a large number of sleep laboratories have been established and with them the use of positive pressure breathing with technical equipment has spread rapidly. Every year, about 45 000 people join the lifelong community of users. The costs for a device range from 1.500,00 € to more than 5000,00 €. Added to this are expenses for masks, regular examinations, stays in sleep laboratories, maintenance and replacement of equipment and masks, etc. It is therefore not surprising that the method has long since reached the 1st place on the cost hit list of all medical-technical supplies.

CPAP – Often not accepted

The willingness of patients to use CPAP therapy (compliance) varies greatly. Many have the respiratory aid, but do not use it because they find the application unbearable or annoying. Allegedly, a maximum of 50% of the prescribed devices are used regularly.

Prospect of success from a single point of view

Image source: Larry Page CPAP via photopin (license)

The chances of success of CPAP therapy are often given as 97 %. Obviously, patients who own a device and do not use it are not considered. In addition, only parameters that are directly related to respiratory effects are considered. For example, fewer breathing stops, better oxygen supply, change in sleep architecture, reduced daytime tiredness. Other associated promises such as preventive effects against cardiovascular diseases, strokes and heart attacks cannot be proven to date. On the contrary, international studies from the year 2017 even show an increase in the mortality rate of patients who use positive pressure breathing for such pre-existing conditions. Side effects have also hardly been mentioned or investigated so far. This is due on the one hand to the large number of possible initial and boundary conditions, interactions, influences and comparisons. On the other hand, the method objective alone distorts such efforts. After all, it is aimed at reducing breathing stops and if this is successful, it must be beneficial to health even if this is achieved by positive pressure breathing. The fact that positive pressure breathing cannot exist without side effects is discussed in the following sections.

However, application disorders are described under the exclusion of health side effects:

  • Sleep disturbances due to noises from the CPAP compressor
  • Skin irritations, pressure points and feelings of oppression caused by the breathing mask
  • Dry mouth, feeling of pressure in the middle ear, headaches, impaired hearing
  • Necessary increase of the mechanical breathing pressure

CPAP – Help with increased risk of death?

Statements that early PAP therapies protect against life-threatening diseases of the heart, circulation and brain are derived from less potent studies, apparently plausible explanations, manufacturer-funded publications, as well as acclamations from uncritical experts and users. These statements lack relevant scientific evidence. They only follow an apparent logic: Those who breathe too little at night without being observed and do not supply their organs with sufficient oxygen must be nearing the end! Woe to those who do not believe this or who contradict it!

Summarized evaluations of recent scientific studies, in which for the first time several thousand patients (approx. 10,000 in total) participated and which were conducted in various countries under the direction of renowned scientists, cannot confirm the apparently plausible, beneficial effects of positive pressure breathing. The study involved 2717 patients from 89 research centres in seven countries. All of them had sleep apnoea syndrome and pre-existing conditions such as coronary heart disease, stroke or other cerebrovascular pathologies. It was shown that the frequency of heart attacks, cerebral infarctions, heart failure and deaths in the groups using the positive pressure breathing devices did not decrease, but even increased.

The use of a device for adaptive servo ventilation, which is mainly used in patients with Cheyne-Stokes respiration and is considered a technical optimization of the PAP devices, significantly increased the death rate, although the device had drastically reduced the number of breathing interruptions. As a possible cause, the researchers (Ulysses Magalang of Wexner Medical Center, Columbus and Allan Pack of the Perelman Scool of Medicine in Philadelphia and others) weigh components of ventilation, for example the constant positive airway pressure that the device generates. Also the authors of the Jama study (2017), which is based on 7266 patients, could not find any reduction of risk and death in cardiovascular diseases, regardless of whether the patients were treated with PAP devices or not (Study – JAMA July 11, 2017 Volume 318, Number 2).

Danger to life for artificially ventilated patients is known

Patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) are given artificial respiration because they cannot breathe sufficiently and would die. The decision to take this intervention is always associated with a conflict: On the one hand, there is a positive effect because the airways and lungs dilate due to increased breathing pressure. This creates the conditions for the vital exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. On the other hand, the ventilation pressure damages the lungs and the lung tissue reacts with inflammation as a defensive reaction. The application therefore often ends fatally and even survivors do not remain without serious consequential damage.

The same is not true for positive pressure breathing. In artificial respiration, the machine takes over the breathing activity. For this purpose a tube is inserted directly into the trachea. With positive pressure breathing, on the other hand, the patient can breathe on his own. During sleep, however, the airway passages are repeatedly constricted by slack tissue in the throat area. The permanently applied air pressure is intended to push the tissue out of the airways (air splinting), thus avoiding obstructions and allowing the user to breathe freely.

Respiratory function

The human respiration regulates the gas exchange in the lungs. From there the oxygen is transferred to the blood and transported to the body cells. There is a mutual communication between the brain and the respiratory organs via neuronal and endocrine mechanisms, generated by a self-regulating “pulse generator” in the brain stem and other interacting brain regions, which check the mixing ratio of the air breathed and coordinate and adjust rhythms. These mechanisms react to both physical and mental load changes and regulate the tension activity of the impulse-controlled respiratory muscles, such as scale muscles (large respiratory assist muscles), intercostal muscles and diaphragm. During inhalation, the respiratory muscles coordinate and tense and expand a vacuum space surrounding the lungs inside the body. This creates a suction on the lung tissue and the lung unfolds. Inside the lung, a negative pressure is created which affects the upper airways and sucks the air into the lungs (inspiration).

During exhalation (expiration), elastic fibres of the lung parenchyma (breathing space of the lung) contract the lung – again passively – as soon as the breathing muscles relax. The used up breathing air is thus expelled from the lungs and exhaled (expiration).

Side effects of positive pressure breathing

In the global study on the effects of PAP therapies described above, the researchers found that in the group of patients treated with PAP devices, the death rate increased despite a reduction in the number of breathing stops. The scientists assume that the reason for this is the influence of device ventilation, for example the constant positive airway pressure.

We take up such assumptions and try to scientifically consider facts and connections so far with reason and logic that have rarely been discussed.

The lung consists of soft, sponge-like tissue types. The reactions between its tissue, air currents and fluid are sensitive and complicated. To date, there is no measuring method to trace processes that occur at the lung micro level.

It must be assumed that even slight deviations affect the lungs and the entire respiratory system. The anatomist and developmental biologist Wilhelm Roux (1895) explained such connections for all human systems: According to him, any functional influences, regardless of intensity and organ, always have qualitative and quantitative consequences.

Positive pressure breathing meets the innate vital basic pattern of breathing, which is maintained from the first to the last breath. When positive pressure breathing is used, the habitual breathing pattern is subordinated to the technique. This requires the following serious changes:

  1. The inhalation process is assisted by permanently applied air pressure and the exhalation is directed with increased effort against the artificially generated airflow. These altered unnatural pressure conditions can damage the delicate, sensitive tissue of the lungs. Self-active breathing becomes accustomed to the respiratory relief and reduces its activity. The technical breathing pressure must be increased accordingly. The danger of lung damage increases again.
  2. Inhalation and exhalation are exactly opposite to physiological breathing. During inhalation, the air is pressed into the airways instead of being sucked in and exhalation takes place against incoming air instead of flowing out without resistance.
  3. The change in the physiological respiratory process forms a new stimulus/reaction pattern and irritates the polysynaptic reflex events of the complex respiratory mechanism – including remote effects via receptors in the nose and the olfactory function.
  4. Functional processes in the brain change due to altered information stimuli to the respiratory system. Production and interaction of the neuromodulators and the receptors related to them change. It is unclear what effect this has. What is certain, however, is that respiration is the essential prerequisite for brain metabolism and maintains the formation of messenger substances. Stimulus changes depend on the degree of intensity and the associated reactive consequences. If they are too great, they can support the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, etc.

Summary of the dangers of positive pressure breathing

The results of the largest studies to date (approx. 10,000 patients) show that the use of PAP devices can reduce breathing stops, but more PAP-supplied patients died than in the unsupported comparison groups. In this respect, more damaging than positive influences are to be assumed for the therapy. The assumption that people with respiratory failure improve their health through positive pressure breathing is reversed to its contrary. Taking into account the objective existing effects described by us as well as the known fatal reactions to artificial respiration, this is a logical consequence. The enormous number of device prescriptions is therefore not only unjustified, but even dangerous. However, it is to be expected that the puffed up lobby system of industry, sleep laboratories and epigones of therapy will prove resistant to such effects.

Causal treatment – Neurophysiological FaceFormer therapy

A biologically functioning breathing pattern (habitual nasal breathing instead of oral breathing), mouth closure, tongue tension, coordinated muscle tension and muscle chain functions in the nasal, oral and pharyngeal areas are prerequisites for unhindered healthy breathing day and night. Wrong behaviour in one or more segments can neither be changed positively by insight nor by good intentions. Even nasal sprays cannot change the wrong breathing behaviour, but they destroy the filigree defence system of the nasal mucous membrane permanently. Finally, surgical operations and auxiliary devices are also available. Surgical interventions, however, always involve additional risks, cannot change habitual incorrect behaviour and are without guarantee of success. Devices only have supporting properties. They thus impair the body’s own abilities and create a permanent dependency.

Disturbed respiratory functions, as well as nocturnal breathing stops, can only be corrected and stabilised in the long term by neurophysiological exercise treatments. Complicated coordination mechanisms are trained with elements such as posture, tension and movement patterns in the mouth/throat area and in the airways, balanced head posture and habitually correct breathing behaviour. The FaceFormer Training Therapy was developed for this purpose based on the findings of modern neuroscience. With FaceFormer, identical exercises are trained regularly over a limited period of time. As soon as resistance-free breathing through the nose is automated, the program can be completed. The newly learnt skills are preserved for a long time: The natural breathing through the nose is successful day and night. A successful recipe for the prevention and shielding of pathogens, against allergies, snoring, nocturnal breathing interruptions and much more.

Image sources

  1. daveparker Every Breath You Take via photopin (license)
  2. Larry Page CPAP via photopin (license)

Allergies – A vicious circle of cause and effect

Allergies affecting the airways often occur in people who breathe habitually through the mouth. As they do not use the filter system of the nasal passages, the front line against pathogens, they lack necessary defence functions.

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.

Overreaction of the immune system

The Robert Koch Institute notes that almost every third person has been affected by allergies in the last 12 months. In spring and early summer, “hay fever” is particularly widespread. The symptoms are allergic reactions: Tearing eyes, sneezing, rhinitis, coughing, shortness of breath up to asthmatic attacks or an allergic shock. These reactions are triggered by plant pollen but also by animal hair, house dust and much more. An adapted immune system fends off the stimuli (allergens) without noticeable consequences. However, the immune system can also misinterpret the stimuli and overreact. The consequences are allergic reactions with varying degrees of disease symptoms.

Nasal breathing – the front line of the defence system

Allergies that affect the respiratory tract are triggered by the ambient air we breathe in. Vital oxygen can reach the lungs either through the mouth or the nose. Although both work, it is by no means irrelevant whether we breathe through the mouth or the nose. Only nasal breathing can ensure the necessary quality of the inhaled air and naturally provide protective functions to ward off disease: on its way through the nasal passages, the air is cleaned, warmed and moistened. Viruses, bacteria, pollen and dust get caught in the mucus in the nose and in more than 30,000 small flesh hairs (cilia) of the nasal conchae. It is difficult for the pathogens to overcome this safety system. Once trapped, they cannot further penetrate the body. Instead, they are blown out again or transported into the stomach when swallowed, where they are destroyed by stomach acid.

Mouth breathing is dangerous

Mundatmung hat auf die Gesundheit unzähliger Menschen einen nachhaltig schädigenden Einfluss.

Breathing through the mouth is very harmful to our health. For many diseases, which are often extensively treated with long-term medical and medicinal applications, it can even be the central cause. If breathing through the mouth is not abandoned and converted to habitual nasal breathing, health problems become increasingly worse.

In contrast to the positive effects of nasal breathing, mouth breathing has exclusively harmful effects. People who breathe regularly or frequently through the mouth lack important defence functions to protect their health. Pathogens can enter the mouth, throat and lungs unhindered and spread throughout the body via this route. It also reduces the oxygen supply in the blood and in the body cells. The immune system is constantly weakened. Overall, mouth breathers are therefore much more susceptible to diseases and are affected by them more frequently and more severely.

Nasal breathing cannot protect against all health problems and risks. Without routine nasal breathing, however, it lacks one of the most important prerequisites to ward off disease. Mouth breathing, on the other hand, causes disease, sustains it for a long time and makes it worse.

Mouth breathing is rarely noticed

Many people are affected by mouth breathing without being aware of it. Only few breathe constantly through the open mouth. Most of them also manage to breathe through the nose at times. However, it requires only little physical exertion to feel shortness of breath and to unconsciously switch over breathing to the mouth. As a result, more air can be inhaled more quickly and the breathing requirement can be met without difficulty. Mouth breathers also show themselves in unobserved, uncontrolled moments and especially during sleep. Snoring and nocturnal breathing stops are typical signs of this false breathing.

  • Open mouth position – even slightly open lips
  • dry mouth during the night or day
  • blocked nasal passages, frequent use of nasal sprays
  • Gingivitis
  • frequent caries formation, early tooth loss
  • Common infectious diseases
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Hearing impairments
  • Vertigo
  • Snoring
  • Nocturnal breathing interruptions (sleep apnoea)
  • Heart and circulation diseases
  • Metabolic disorders

What does not help

Conversion from mouth breathing to biological nasal breathing does not succeed either through understanding or good intentions. Also nasal sprays cannot change the wrong breathing behaviour, but they do destroy the filigree defence system of the nasal mucous membrane permanently. Finally, surgical operations and auxiliary devices are also available. Surgical interventions, however, always involve risks, cannot change faulty behaviour and are without any promise of success. Devices only have supporting properties. They deteriorate the body’s own abilities and create a permanent dependency.

FaceFormer Therapy – The right way to nasal breathing

The requirements for correct breathing are functioning airway passages, new posture, tension and movement patterns in the mouth and throat area, as well as habitually correct breathing behaviour. Together these are complicated coordination mechanisms that can only be learned through neurophysiological exercise programs. The FaceFormer Training Therapy was developed for this purpose based on the findings of modern neuroscience. Today, it is used worldwide.

With a training device, the FaceFormer, identical exercises are trained regularly over a limited period of time. As soon as resistance-free breathing through the nose is automated, the training can be completed. The newly learnt skills are preserved for a long time: The natural breathing through the nose is successful day and night. A winning recipe for shielding against pathogens, allergies, snoring, nightly breathing stops and many other illnesses. In addition, the method works as a fitness training for general health and to improve performance.

The front line of the airways

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Breathing masks offer fallacious protection

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.

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Nasal breathing – Natural protection against infection with corona virus

Mouth breathing causes illness: People who breathe often or continuously through the mouth are particularly often and more severely affected by infection through the airways than nasal breathers.

Proper nasal breathing is important!

Inhalation and exhalation through the nose, during the day and also during sleep, is the natural protection against many diseases. Breathing air passed through the mucous membranes of the nasal concha is cleaned, warmed and moistened. These functions and stimulations of the nasal nervous system support immune reactions: Viruses, bacteria, moulds and pollen are repelled and bound in the nasal mucus. In mouth breathing, this defence system is not available and pathogens have free access to the mouth, throat and airways.

Mouth breathing is often not recognized

Many people are mouth breathers without being aware of it. Although they can also breathe through the nose for a short time, they switch back to mouth breathing when under slight stress and during sleep.

Healthy nasal breathing with the FaceFormer method

Good intentions are not enough to get rid of harmful mouth breathing and even pills and operations do not lead to new habits. Only exercise programmes, especially the FaceFormer method, are suitable for changing to consistent nasal breathing. It is used regularly until nasal breathing functions smoothly and is automated. The small and time-limited effort involved in the training program is worthwhile. What has been achieved once will be preserved for a long time. The air passages of the nose are improved and natural breathing is also possible during sleep. A successful concept against infection, allergies, snoring and nocturnal breathing stops, but also against numerous other diseases.

Information about the Corona Virus


The corona virus with the disease name SARS-CoV-2 can cause colds and also severe breathing difficulties and pneumonia. The virus has probably been transmitted from animals to humans, who then also infect other people.

Path of infection

The transmission occurs via fine liquid secretions from the mouth, nose and respiratory tract, but also through contact with metal, glass or plastic, where deposited viruses can remain active for up to nine days. An effective therapy against the disease does not yet exist. Approximately 2% of the patients die. By way of comparison, around ten percent died of the SARS virus in 2002/2003 and around 0.1 percent in the flu epidemic in 2017/2018.

Protect from infection

  • Keep away from large crowds if possible
  • Wash hands frequently and use disinfectants if necessary
  • Keeping a distance to sick people
  • Train optimal nasal breathing – FaceFormer Method
  • Screening from coughing and sneezing, preferably in the crook of the arm
  • In case of suspicion of infection contact the responsible health office
  • For additional protection of other breathing masks wear

Natural protection against infection

In the second part of our series of articles you can learn more about harmful oral respiration and switching to healthy nasal breathing.

FaceFormer Therapy – causally against many symptoms

FaceFormer Therapy corrects the disorders of dominant basic functions. It eliminates not only the symptoms but the causes of health problems – it’s causal treatment.

The opposite of the treatment of causes is the treatment of symptoms. Symptom treatments are common in medicine today because the connections to the causes of health problems are not seen. Symptoms are merely the effects of a causal problem. The treatment of causes alone is the ideal way to treat diseases, while symptom treatment is a subordinate emergency solution.

Some examples of symptomatic treatments

Sleep labs are springing up like mushrooms to detect symptoms such as snoring and breathing stops and to reduce their manifestations with machines or dangerous and usually less successful operations. The causes of breathing interruptions remain for a lifetime during therapies with technical aids. The use of “crutches” can only temporarily reduce the symptoms. Without these aids, the symptoms immediately reappear or even increase.

CMD, a fashion diagnosis, which often starts with teeth grinding, but often only develops into a tangible pain problem after treatment with bite splints and grinding of the teeth. It is not the splints (crutches) that adapt to the organ, but the organ system to the crutch. Due to this unnatural influence, “crutch-related maladjustments” occur and, with permanent use, even deterioration.

Crooked teeth and jaw deformations are corrected in childhood or adolescence with brackets and wires, only to become crooked again after the end of treatment and even cause changes in muscle function that can cause major problems a few years later.

Tinnitus and dizziness, which are treated purely experimentally with infusions or tablets, sound generators and autogenic training remain nevertheless or are finally cured by “time” alone.

Often it is the symptomatic treatments that cause more problems than before because they lack any connection to the causes of the disease.

Specialism in medicine

The specialization in medicine makes it hardly possible to recognize the apparently highly deviating connections that are under observation in other medical disciplines: The orthopaedist does not consider crooked teeth or a flaccid soft palate; the ENT specialist does not consider body statics and the lung specialist does not consider ear problems. Any abnormalities that the doctor finds with his own expertise are treated by him. Accompanying signs, which would make the so important causal relationships (causes) clear, remain however unnoticed.

FaceFormer Therapy follows a special approach

The target of FaceFormer Therapy is to correct the causes of a syndrome (cranio-cervical dysfunction syndrome). Syndrome in this context means that causes – especially dysfunctions – are found and treated that produce individual signs (symptoms) of the disease.

Early malfunctions cause lifelong health problems

Symptoms as a result of dysfunction are different for each person affected and have different characteristics. Complaints that are taken seriously by patients for the first time, e.g. tinnitus, dizziness, temporomandibular joint pain or breathing difficulties, are usually triggered by the “weakest link in a functional chain”. Long before this, usually in early childhood, the effects of the dysfunctions have already presented themselves as disorders: The development of malpositioned teeth and jaws, frequent middle ear infections, colds and nasal polyps in children are some striking examples. In later life, it is ear or hearing problems (sensitivity to noise, sudden deafness, tinnitus, gaping tubes), dizziness, neck tension, pain, snoring, sleep apnea and other health problems more, which are caused by disorders that are only very rarely noticed.

However, upon closer questioning and examination, it is found that patients at different stages of their lives have repeatedly had to deal with such problems. However, the connection to their acute problems was never considered. (We will explain in later posts various functional connections that produce specific symptoms).

Funktionsraum Mund - Plakat zum Craniocervikalen Dysfunktions Syndrom


The “Orofacial Function System” information poster on Cranio Cervical Dysfunction Syndrome is available in the Dr. Berndsen Shoptogether with other materials.

FaceFormer Therapy focuses on the two most vital functional systems: Breathing and swallowing. Disorders of these functions cause numerous diseases that manifest themselves in different symptoms. FaceFormer Therapy corrects and biologically stabilises the system and eliminates the syndrome.

Breathing and swallowing, of course we do both all the time, otherwise we would not be alive. It is therefore also difficult to understand why these self-evident functions, which run automatically from birth, can be so disturbed that they often cause deviations and health problems in early childhood and subsequently again and again in life. The explanation for this is that incorrect movements and postures can either be congenital or acquired through external, mostly early childhood influences. Malfunctions develop, with which the organ system can only achieve its functional goal (swallowing, breathing) by compensatory adjustments (evasive movements). Due to the constantly repeated identical sequence of posture and movement patterns, these are learned and stored in the human movement memory. It does not matter whether the memory is offered something wrong or right. While biological functions do not cause disturbances, learned incorrect movements and malfunctions sooner or later have a negative influence on the complex functional system and cause individually varying, negative reactions in different segments. A conversion to correct functional processes is not possible without a specific exercise treatment – FaceFormer Therapy.


Mit offenem Mund schlafendes KindI will illustrate such connections with a simple example: It is clear to everyone that snoring and breathing stops are events that occur in connection with breathing. Breathing is our most important survival function and can take place both through the mouth and through the nose. Both airways can successfully supply our lungs and further our entire body with the vital breathing gas (oxygen, nitrogen, noble gases). However, mouth breathing is a poor alternative. On the one hand, it leads to snoring during the night or to a suspension of breathing, often for several seconds, and on the other hand it is the cause of many other health problems and even degenerative, life-threatening diseases (see my article Mouth Breathing). It is therefore plausible and consistent to give up the cause of oral respiration instead of spontaneously providing the affected persons with breathing masks. However, this is easier said than done: The good intention to breathe through the nose is not enough to replace a long existing unconscious habit with a new automated behaviour. Like any behavioral and movement learning, this requires an exercise program, which is carried out regularly over a longer period of time with the FaceFormer training device. Alternatives to this are not conceivable.

First of all, the air permeability of the nose is optimised, an important prerequisite for nasal breathing to function properly and to become accustomed to it. In addition, other important functions such as tongue position, tongue movement during swallowing and head balance are also required. These are also part of the FaceFormer training program. The exercise program can only be completed when the mouth remains closed at night and nasal breathing is safely achieved day and night. The cause of the breathing disorder has been eliminated and the user will not need any aids in the future to keep the condition stable.

Like other deviations, snoring and sleep apnea are merely symptoms of a basic disorder. If this is corrected, not only the healthy, calm respiratory function is restored, but other symptoms also regress in parallel.


Features of FaceFormer Therapy


  1. Cause treatment
  2. Correction of elementary basic functions of the “orofacial function system” – breathing and swallowing – with regression of symptoms caused by this (cranio-cervical dysfunction syndrome)
  3. Exercise therapy based on neuroscience (brain research)
  4. Psychological component of learning: unlearning of wrong and creation of new biological movement patterns
  5. Neurobiological component: Stimulation of brain nerve functions and formation of brain messenger substances



CMD – In the maze of specialization

Pain in the masticatory muscles, the jaw joints, teeth grinding…

What is CMD – Cranio-Mandibular Dysfunction

CMD is a medical term for complaints in the chewing system: pain in the jaw joints, the chewing muscles, problems with opening the mouth, alleged false bite, teeth grinding and also headaches, neck and back pain, tinnitus, dizziness, difficulty swallowing. Yes, pain from top to bottom is often assigned to the fashion diagnosis CMD.

Cranium = Skull
Mandibula = Lower jaw
Dysfunction = Functional disorder

However, the causes of the problem are not as clear-cut as some specialists believe, and often the treatment misses its target and would have been better not to have taken place.

A true CMD story with a fatal course

His teeth grinding disturbed the 35-year-old Rafael from Berlin and what could be more obvious than to leave the solution of the problem to his dentist. Already in the first session the alleged root of the problem was recognized: Grinding of the teeth and a bite splint should correct the fit of the bite and the balance of the muscles. However, Rafael’s problem intensified after the treatment. Now he even feels pain in his chewing muscles. As a critical patient he sought the famous second opinion. The new specialist adjusted the teeth again and exchanged the first made, allegedly wrong splint for a new one. Unfortunately again unsuccessfully. In search of the great sage and driven by pain, Rafael now begins a 3-year odyssey. It leads from Germany to international specialists in the USA, Israel, Switzerland and Austria. After 3 years, Rafael has more than 60 different bite splints, 8 fitted insoles and extensive physiotherapeutic experience. Countless negative experiences in the jungle of dental and splint therapy as well as bills in the six-digit range meant that only a few rudimentary tooth stumps remained in his mouth and he complained of pain throughout his body. As is not uncommon after such ordeals, Rafael also became the famous exception where all efforts fail. In the end, his unsuccessful experts advise him to seek treatment in a psychiatric clinic away from their art.

Misguided methods

Many affected people who have problems like Rafael’s do not travel around the world, but have similar experiences in their circles. In CMD patients, the healthy irretrievable tooth substance is still being interfered and splints are being experimented with. However, these passive applications are hardly suitable for positively changing incorrect movements and malfunctions. Splints and support have also been used in orthopaedics for a long time. Today this is rarely accepted by the designated specialists. Adapted training has replaced the old methods. The patient is actively involved in his recovery and thus achieves his desired goal. In CMD therapy such findings are hardly considered. Even the unequivocal research results of recognized scientists, who explain that biting does not play a causal role in CMD, have little influence on the treatments. A press release on new guidelines for dentists could, however, attack traditional thinking and procedures in the future. It reveals that there is no treatment for bruxism (teeth grinding), the main feature of CMD. Bite correction is still very much in demand among the mostly self-appointed CMD specialists. Deviations in tooth fit and temporomandibular joint movements are even corrected with the private performance of electronic measuring systems. This may seem impressive, but the measurement results are of little use and turn out differently every time they are repeated – at least on living people.

Causes can exist since early childhood

With FaceFormer exercise therapy, good and lasting results are achieved

Malfunctions, bad posture and bad habits are the main causes of CMD. They often develop in childhood and have shown up early: Middle ear infections, malpositioned teeth, nasal polyps; mouth breathing and other childhood diseases are typical signs of malfunction. They are treated by doctors mainly symptomatically.

The actual causes remain unconsidered or are not even known. If they are neglected, however, they remain for a lifetime and constantly cause other health problems. CMD is only one of the possible consequences of such long lasting functional disorders.

Effective treatments

But what should someone who suffers from one or more symptoms assigned to CMD do? The statement that there is no therapy is one-sidedly related to dentistry. However, effective methods have been developed by other disciplines. Treatment aids can only be effective if they aim to unlearn what is wrong and replace it with correct, biological functional procedures. We know from experience that performance can be improved and changed through practice or training alone. To learn new things, we have to repeat exercises over a longer period of time. This applies not only to learning knowledge, but also to movements, biological functions, postures or habits. Systematically learned knowledge is stored in the human brain and is available to us on demand – even unconsciously. Along the way, we perceive improvements in small learning steps. The training is only complete when the new, correct behaviour has become a habit. Victory over the wrong thing is now certain and relapses can be ruled out.

Training is the king’s way

Good and lasting success is also achieved with FaceFormer exercise therapy for CMD. It is used regularly over a limited period of time. With a few minutes of daily training, the learning effort is low. Exercising correct respiratory functions, mouth closure, harmonious muscle tension of the masticatory muscles and tissue in the mouth/throat area, the natural position of the tongue, ear functions and head balance are important elements of the method.

The original text was published in the special publication “Bewusst Leben” as a supplement to the Ruhrnachrichten (09/2019).

Constitutive dominant function of swallowing in CCDS

Every day we receive numerous requests for FaceFormer Therapy. Expect explanations of the effects of the method on specific symptoms. In most cases, a comparison is made to own experiences with idopathic treatments that have been unsuccessful.

Plakat zum Craniocervikalen Dysfunktions-SyndromWe answer the questions by first making clear the difference between symptomatic and causal treatments. Symptomatic therapies dominate everyday medical life, but often achieve no or only temporary improvements. They are emergency solutions that are applied because the causes are not known. However, only causal therapies are able to eliminate diseases effectively and in the long term.

With FaceFormer Therapy, we treat a complex of causes that is associated with many symptoms of illness. Our many years of research have shown that disorders of “Constitutive Dominant Functions” (Berndsen/Berndsen) result in numerous symptoms whose causal relationship has been considered unexplained to date. With the application of FaceFormer Therapy and the associated treatment of the functional disorders, the symptoms are reduced continuously in most cases, often until they disappear completely.

We have illustrated the interactive processes of the functional chains of the head in our diagram “Functional space mouth”. With this article, we begin to explain the scientific and practical connections that are associated with FaceFormer Therapy.

The contribution is aimed at doctors and therapists. A detailed version can be downloaded here as a PDF document (german language).

Mit offenem Mund schlafendes Kind

Mouth Breathing – The Dangerous Bad Thing

Many people are affected by mouth breathing without being aware of it. Often they can also breathe through their nose, but change their breathing at low levels of stress and during sleep.

Breathing supplies our cells with oxygen

With about 25,000 breaths a day, adults supply themselves with sufficient amounts of vital oxygen. Breathing takes place automatically without any health impairments. Rhythm and control are regulated by the brain stem, the oldest brain region in the history of development. Via the accesses of nose and mouth we absorb the oxygen-containing breathing air. It reaches the lungs and over more than 300 million tiny alveoli into the blood and further into the cells of the body.

Front line of the airways

It is by no means irrelevant whether the oxygen reaches the respiratory tract via the mouth or nose. Everyone feels that good smelling is directly related to the flow of air through the nose. It is also known that the breathing air in contact with the mucous membrane of the nose is cleaned, warmed and moistened. With its own protective function against allergies and life-threatening diseases, it is regarded as the “front line of the airways”. The mucous membrane mechanism supports the immune system. Viruses, bacteria, pollen or fungi are fended off. The nasal mucus binds pathogens, dirt and pollutants that enter the nose with the air we breathe. They are either blown out of the nose or swallowed and destroyed in the stomach.

Oral breathing is harmful to health

In contrast to the positive health effects of nasal breathing, mouth breathing only has harmful effects. Breathing air enters the lungs unfiltered. Bacteria and viruses reach the oral cavity directly. They damage teeth and gums and cause allergies. Brain researchers have also found effects on thinking and concentration performance and even a connection to the development of dementia and inflammatory diseases in the body is suspected.

Exercise therapy provides relief

You can’t get rid of harmful breathing with good intentions. Only special exercise programmes that are used over a longer period of time are suitable for this purpose. The small expenditure is worthwhile itself however. The air passages through the nose improve and natural breathing through the nose is also successful during sleep. A successful recipe against allergies, snoring and nocturnal breathing stops.

The original contribution appeared on 30.03.219 in the magazine supplement “Allergies & respiratory tract”.
Until 30 April the article can also be read on the mediplanet website Luft und Lunge (Air and Lungs).

When the child has fallen into the well

About 80% of children in affluent countries have crooked teeth. In the article “Billions of rip-offs with braces and nobody knows what they really bring” from 25.04.2018 the Bild Zeitung expresses a shocking suspicion. Instead of ensuring a permanently beautiful smile, braces apparently only fill the wallets of orthodontists. Read what Dr. Berndsen has to say about this.

About 80% of children in affluent countries have crooked teeth. Of course, they should not stay that way and be transformed into beautiful dentures. Children first find it chic when colourful appliances – “little clamps” – decorate their mouths.

But the treatments are not as harmless as they seem. They can cause consequential damage and often disappoint the results: Despite years of treatment, everything goes wrong because the root cause of the problem remains.

Daher ein guter Rat an alle Eltern: Verhindert von Geburt an schädliche Einflüsse auf das Zahnwachstum. Das Wichtigste: Wenn möglich, Stillen statt Flaschentrinken, keine Schnuller, Nuckeln am Daumen oder Bettzipfeln usw., Flaschen oder Tassen mit Trinkzapfen nicht verwenden, Nasenatmung statt Mundatmung.

Therefore a good advice to all parents: Prevent harmful influences on tooth growth from birth on. The most important thing: If possible, breastfeeding instead of bottle-drinking, no pacifiers, sucking on the thumb or the tips of the bed etc., do not use bottles or cups with drinking taps, nasal breathing instead of mouth breathing.

Malpositioned teeth and jaws, open mouth, ear and cold problems and bad posture are only some of the consequences of these negative influences. They should be corrected as early as possible, at the age of 3-4 years. This is the only way to avoid aggravations and later extensive treatments. Exercises with the FaceFormer are the best help here to eliminate damage that has already occurred and to prevent negative developments.

Active Cosmetics by FaceFormer Training

Health and Beauty

Originary, the FaceFormer has been developed for people who are suffering on serious health problems such as swallowing disorders, hearing impairment, tinnitus, pain on face, jaw, neck, or back, problems with snoring, sleep apnea or respiratory problems.

However, users show often also positive cosmetic effects: Improved tension of facial muscles and skin, toning of the chin and neck region (double chin), better facial symmetry, strengthened lip tension, certain mouth closure, improved head and body posture, optimized breathing.

Common cosmetic products operate passively

It is an indisputable fact that our body simply tightens by active muscle training and keeps itself in shape. Of course this also applies to the head, neck and face region. Nevertheless, most people try to correct their face only passively by means of beauty products (cosmetics), or injections. If reactions by cosmetics occur at all, they usually don’t last longer than several hours. Long-term applications of specific cosmetics can even cause organ damage.

Active cosmetics – That’s how it’s done!

Adhere to the instructions for use and exercise regularly. A few and simple exercises, a little discipline, little time and a convincing success often occurs just after 3-4 weeks. Then practice 2 to 3 times a week.

Also both before and after cosmetic surgery: FaceFormer training improves and preserves.

It’s better to act by yourself!

FaceFormer Training – active training for your beauty

Active cosmetics by FaceFormer training

Active cosmetics by FaceFormer training

FaceFormer training effectuates the natural tightening of slack skin and tissues as well as muscle strengthening. It promotes blood circulation in the face and neck region besides of natural head and body posture, accurate muscle coordination dynamics, function correction, harmonized balance, symmetry and an optimized breathing.