How is Craniofacial Therapy applied?

Craniofacial therapy can help with all oro-facial dysfunctions, whether the causes are congenital or acquired, due to a disease or an accident. Craniofacial therapy is never performed alone. It is always determined in collaboration between the patient, the therapist and, if necessary, the physician, pediatrician, otolaryngologist, maxillofacial surgeon, orthodontist, psychologist, speech therapist, physiotherapist, or others.
Craniofacial therapy perceives the individual as a whole and therefore cannot function alone.

Age-dependent therapy


For newborns with conditions such as cleft lip and palate, cranial or facial malformations, hyper- or hypotonia, early interdisciplinary therapy is important from birth. The child’s care is followed by a team in order of priority. If surgery is necessary, it is prioritized, and only then other treatments including craniofacial therapy. It involves soft muscle stimulation throughout the body, because what is triggered in the feet works through the muscle and fascial chains throughout the body. The therapy also deals with post-operative scars, e.g. cleft palate surgery or after accidents. Your environment is incorporated into the therapy whenever possible.


Craniofacial therapy is beneficial in all cases where children cannot give up their pacifiers, thumbs or other bad habits that interfere with the growth of the jaw and the correct position of the teeth (milk or permanent) and tongue. It is also indicated when speech problems occur alongside or at the beginning of speech therapy treatment. The therapist’s view is comprehensive and a child cannot make progress in speech if his body is not properly aligned and his posture is not tightened. The craniofacial therapist works on posture and musculature and may collaborate with a speech therapist. Writing, reading and concentration problems can also be due to poor posture and lack of tone or eye convergence. The therapist also works on the swallowing pattern, which needs to transition from the infantile swallowing pattern to the adult pattern. If infantile swallowing persists, the entire digestive system may be disrupted. The mouth is the first stage of digestion. Chewing and swallowing – actions that seem insignificant when they are functioning – are important to our health. Moreover, infant swallowing can contribute to unsightly malocclusions of the teeth, involve articulation problems, and lead to habitual open mouth posture. The open mouth not only makes the child get sick faster, it also leads to a lower body tone, which in turn promotes malpositions of the whole body. The therapist also addresses concerns about hypersalivation and mouth breathing. He works on keeping the mouth closed, with a good resting position of the tongue, which allows nasal breathing to be established. Craniofacial therapy is also an aid in rehabilitation in the maxillofacial area.


It is the age when the discovery and development of one’s own personality, the formation of social contacts come first. Craniofacial therapy is often a good complement to dental treatment to stabilize the posture and thus consolidate the work of the orthodontist to avoid relapses. The therapy takes place in collaboration with the orthodontist. The adolescent has to do his part of the work. Good results can only be achieved with his active participation in the treatment.


Craniofacial therapy also applies to adults. It provides help in case of accidents, disabilities or diseases. Anything that disturbs the harmony of the face is detrimental to trust and social contacts between people. The smallest pimple annoys us. How bad is it when it comes to scars, difficulties in expressing oneself, problems with food intake. Therapy accompanies surgical treatments or diseases, but it works only with the help of the person concerned. It is necessary to want to change and get well, to do the exercises explained by the therapist regularly in order to achieve a good result. The most difficult thing is certainly patience, because not everything changes in a few seconds. The therapist is a support and guides you through the healing process.

For example, in the case of bruxism, therapy complements psychological counseling or hypnosis, hippotherapy, Reiki, or any recognized therapy that helps relieve stress.
It is very important to discover the main cause of the disorders or pain. It cannot be excluded that the posture of the person is responsible for chronic pain for which no explanation could be found so far.
Poor ergonomics at the workplace can also lead to chronic pain, such as migraine or back pain.


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