FACE – Foundation for Airway and Craniofacial Excellence

FACE was founded by Julia Worrall, RN, CCRN in Toronto, Canada. Julia was a long-time critical care nurse who, for the past several years, has dedicated herself to learning as much as she can about how craniofacial structures affect airway and neurological function. She was brought to my attention by Michelle McManus, a dystonia patient whose symptoms have been mostly alleviated by a combination of orthodontic appliances and body therapy. Michelle is the founder of the Facebook forum ” Dystonia, TMJ and the connection”. This collaborative approach to treatment has also proved beneficial in treating conditions such as Tourette’s and Parkinsons.

See. http://www.facemedicine.org and http://www.sleepandtmjtherapy.com

September 8, 2017 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

Summer issue of Cranio U.K

The journal for the British Society for the Study of Cranio-Mandibular Disorders. Please email if you would like a digital copy.

August 31, 2017 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

New video by Dr Derek Mahony


This is a short video aimed at informing parents of the need to establish:

Good lip seal

Nasal Breathing

Correct Tongue posture      

at an early age in order to maintain normal facial growth.

 

 

August 16, 2017 at 11:45 am Leave a comment

King’s Dental Institute, Guy’s Hospital. 8 May 2017


My third presentation to final year dental students by kind invitation of the Interim Executive Dean and Director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic at Guy’s Campus, Professor Mark Woolford,  ” Exploring the Wider Role of Dentistry – The Effect of Jaw Problems on the Rest of the Body.” Two sections: Airway & Sleep Disorders, Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction and Posture. (ii) Movement Disorders.

The advantage of early correction using appliances such as the Biobloc, ALF ( Advanced Lightwire Functional), BWS (Bent Wire System) and Myobraces was also covered.

May 7, 2017 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

Osteopathic Centre for Children, London, SW18 7 May 2017 9th visit

My 9th presentation to postgraduate osteopaths in their final year of studying at the OCC.

“Exploring the Wider Role of Dentistry – The Effect of Jaw Problems on the Rest of the Body.” Two sections: Airway & Sleep Disorders, Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction and Posture. (ii) Movement Disorders.

The advantage of early correction using appliances such as the Biobloc, ALF ( Advanced Lightwire Functional), BWS (Bent Wire System) and Myobraces was also covered. Invited back for next year.Invited back for next year.

 

May 7, 2017 at 5:17 pm 1 comment

Interview with Dr Won Moon,

http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S2176-94512013000300005&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en

Programme director, UCLA School of Dentistry, section of Orthodontics

Dr Moon discusses the teaching philosophy at UCLA  and makes some interesting observations about cephalometrics.

April 5, 2017 at 5:26 pm Leave a comment

Myobrace Introductory Course, 3 March, 2017, 1.00-6.00pm, the Thistle Hyde Park hotel, London.

This 30 minute presentation was an introduction into functional therapy.The aim was to stress the following points:

  1. Nearly all malocclusions have an under-developed upper jaw.
  2. Class II cases have a retrognathic upper and lower jaws.
  3. Children who mouth breathe are running on sub-standard fuel.
  4. 80% of facial growth is complete by the age of 8 so treating in the mixed dentition is the optimal timing.

Treatment aims are to correct bone and muscle imbalance, establish nasal breathing and then align the teeth.

The undergraduate dental programme covers anatomy & physiology in considerable detail.  However, as the course continues the focus is on the oral cavity and the technical side of dentistry. Being able to recognise early signs of imbalance ( mouth breathing, bones, muscle, growth etc.) enables treatment to be initiated before real problems arise. The Myobrace system is designed to address early imbalances with the aim of restoring optimal health in the growing child.

Niels van der Valk continued the session with an overview of the Myobrace system and demonstrated how to recognise incorrect features which may result in the development of malocclusion ie: incorrect swallowing patterns, mouth breathing and poor posture.

For more information refer to the starred links on the Blogroll. Also Airway and TMJ – YouTube.

February 9, 2017 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

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