Scientific contributions from Dr. Klaus Berndsen und Sabine Berndsen

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.