I bought your Face Former today. Now I have a question about the basic exercise, which will be answered in the video on Youtube.
During the basic exercise, does the tongue automatically press firmly against the palate when the lips are tightened or should it only loosely lie at the anatomically correct point?
We deliberately did not make any specifications for the tongue except to explain the position of the tip of the tongue.
The weaker the tongue is, the more effort is put into keeping the position of the tip of the tongue, which is given in our description. The pressure will be relatively strong. After a certain training period, the pressure will decrease and when the tongue posture gradually adjusts correctly, it will decrease again. During the pulling exercises, the pressure force increases automatically because the tongue wants to move in the pulling direction. This movement is counteracted by higher pressure.
Overall, the tongue pressure therefore varies. You should not pay attention to it at all, because it does not play a role for success. Only the correct position of the tip of the tongue is important. It determines the correct resting position of the tongue and is achieved and automated at some point by FaceFormer training. The musculature of the tongue strengthens and gives the tongue the typical shape to always be in this position. The tongue only leaves its resting position when tongue movements are required for other activities such as chewing, eating, drinking, speaking, etc. Otherwise, even during sleep, the resting position of the tongue is adjusted with the tip of the tongue pointing upwards.
We have invented the FaceFormer and the therapy program, but not the given tongue posture. It is the absolutely correct position and tongue rest that every healthy person needs.
I have a question about how to do the exercises: After pressing the lips, the short bite, swallowing and relaxation of the lips takes place. This is not mentioned in the video, but in the written instructions. I wonder how important it is to ‚bite and swallow briefly‘, whether I can skip it, because it is somehow ‚unpleasant‘. Does it serve to release the negative pressure that was created during pressing, or does it have another function? Could you instead replace the ‚bite and swallow‘ by briefly opening your mouth to release the negative pressure, or could you just go over to relaxation?
Biting and swallowing are very important and take place after 6 seconds of pressing lips or pulling while the tension is still there. This applies to both basic and pulling exercises. The muscle tension in the mouth and throat increases considerably.
There must be both biting and swallowing: When swallowing is performed correctly, it is always preceded by a short bite. By repeatedly performing this procedure consciously, you gradually achieve the unconscious realization, i.e. the correct movements even during sleep.
So: First the lip pressure or pulling exercise. Then bite open. Then swallow. Relax only after that. Even when you relax for 6 seconds, the lips are not opened. You keep all postures, the lips only give up their pressure for 6 seconds.
The negative pressure is maintained throughout the exercise sequence. This is a state that we want to achieve sometime without further support. When nasal breathing works, there is always negative pressure in the mouth and throat when the lips are closed. The negative pressure is only interrupted when the mouth is opened, e.g. while speaking, eating or drinking.
How long should the user train daily with the FaceFormer?
The patient repeats the exercises 3 times a day. It is sufficient to repeat the basic exercise and a pulling exercise 20 times each. In doing so, a tension state of the muscles is maintained for 6 seconds and then relaxed for 6 seconds (isometric training). Accordingly, 40 sequences of 6 seconds each are performed. The amount of time per exercise is 240 seconds, that is 4-5 minutes.
It is desirable to add two additional pulling exercises each with the same time expenditure. Intensive daily training should be carried out over three months. First benefits usually occur after 3-4 weeks.
Due to the Training during this time the nasal breathing improves. If the patient perceives this advancement, the FaceFormer is also used at night. In this way, the mouth is closed and a habitual nasal breathing is accustomed. Training and nightly use are maintained over six months, so that everything is done right in sleep.