What is Craniofacial Therapy?
Cranio-facial therapy is a holistic functional treatment approach specifically for the regions of the head, neck, face and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The aim of the therapy is to identify disturbed functions (craniomandibular dysfunctions / CMD) and to treat their root causes.
How is a cranio-facial treatment organized?
Every cranio-facial treatment is preceded by a comprehensive case history to explore the medical history of the patient and the possible reasons for his/her complaints. The case history is followed by a comprehensive functional examination focusing on the regions of the head, neck, face and TMJ as well as the associated nervous systems.
The treatment itself consists of manual techniques applied to the head, neck and face of the patient. They shall help to mobilize and stabilize joints and to relax and strengthen muscles so that misalignments are corrected and tensions eased.
The treatment is complemented by exercises that are specifically selected with regard to the problems of the individual patient and which the patient has to do himself/herself at home. The exercises are usually aimed at changing specific behaviour patterns of the patient in his/her everyday life, which can be contributing to the problems.
Usually the cranio-facial therapy is carried out in cooperation with another medical specialist – depending on the individual problem this can be a dentist, an ENT specialist or an orthopedist.
Who and when can cranio-facial therapy help?
Cranio-facial therapy is used for analyzing, treating and managing problems of patients of all ages suffering from, e.g.:
- TMJ pain
- Muscular dysbalances of the chewing apparatus
- Headaches and migraine
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Eye pain
- Sinus problems
- Neck and spinal problems
- Problems after whiplash injuries
For legal reasons it shall be explicitly stated, that no guarantee or promise can be given to heal or improve any of the exemplary problems or areas of application mentioned above. Those result from findings and experiences in the field of craniofacial therapy, but not all of them might be backed by sufficient evidence based studies to prove effectiveness.