‘Kieferfreund’ – a Digital Health Solution based on Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) and Mindfulness Training
Kieferfreund provides natural retraining and re-education based on Myofunctional Science and Mindfulness principles. Our method permanently restores the balance of the craniomandibular orofacial system, especially the tongue function. We use practical digital tools to achieve long-term results and teach you how to prevent post-training relapses. Importantly, the digitisation of the therapy allows our users to transparently track their progress made during the training.
Kieferfreund Products Support Therapy and Medical Treatments
Trainer - Learning and Testing the Tongue Resting Position
The tongue is often a key culprit when it comes to the causes of teeth grinding and other jaw-related problems. The extent to which the tongue is responsible for these is often greatly underestimated. The reason why the tongue often causes these problems lies in the interplay between tongue and jaw, and, beyond that, its interplay with the whole body through muscles, fascia and joints. The Kieferfreundtrainer presents the only training tool worldwide, which enables people to learn and test the correct position of their tongue.
You can learn and test the correct tongue resting position by using the trainer for only 2 minutes a day (a perfect supplementary tool for our NoGrind, NoSnore and Ortho packages). You can establish the correct position of your tongue by drawing on the ‘tactile points’ (see picture below)
Ortho - App for Orthodontics
To be used for: Preparation for braces and orthognathic surgery (e.g. Maxillo-Mandibular Advancement (MMA)), relapse prevention after orthodontic treatments
Benefits: Supporting the orthodontic outcome through correct muscle function, quicker recovery of muscle function after orthognathic surgery, muscular relaxation before/after complex dental treatments, jaw relaxation and replicable results through bite registration, an alternative to spikes or tongue cribs for managing the correct tongue resting position.
NoGrind – App for Bruxism
To be used for: Tackling bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), tackling orofacial pain (jaw and facial pain), tackling temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), dental splints, and in preperation for receiving dental implants
Benefits: Pain and stress reduction, awareness of jaw tensions in daily life (awareness allows users to relax the jaw when needed), achieving permanent relaxation of the masseter muscle, enabling a natural and relaxed jaw position, advantageous in supporting dental splints/other therapies.
NoSnore - App for Snoring
To be used for tackling: Snoring, ‘mouth-breathing’ and an incorrect/low tongue resting position (tongue is at the floor of the mouth).
Benefits: Can be used with CPAP treatment, airways remain open due to the correct tongue resting position, activates nasal breathing
Junior - App for Children (5-12 years)
To be used for: Tackling teeth grinding, tackling ‘mouth-breathing’, open bite (misaligned teeth), tongue thrust, preparation for braces, supporting orthodontics and supporting speech therapy.
Benefits: Normalises tongue function, supports healthy development of the palate through learning about and adopting the correct tongue resting position, activates nasal breathing, accelerates learning and automation of the correct tongue resting position when undergoing speech therapy, stimulates increased mental focus and attentiveness, may help to prevent tooth decay (cavities) and adenoids (nasal polyps) caused by ‘mouth-breathing’.
One-to-One Sessions (Skype) with Julia Reindl
‘Would you like to receive personal assistance throughout the program? I have been working as a Speech and Language Pathologist and Orofacial Myologist for over 8 years. It would be a pleasure for me to advise and support you so that you can reach your goals in the most efficient way! You can decide how many one-to one sessions you would like‘
Benefits: An introduction to the training programme, working on individual and personalised therapy goals, support and personal monitoring for the duration of the training process. You can choose from a single one-off session to weekly meetings.
Recommended in addition to the following packages: NoGrind, NoSnore, Ortho and Junior.
Natural Re-Education of the Orofacial System
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is based on the re-education and re-patterning of the oral and facial muscles. Its main goal is to achieve the correct and natural tongue (resting) position. The training also aims to improve breathing, chewing and swallowing – functions which are linked to the tongue (resting) position.
A Long-term Solution with Mindfulness Audio Training and Practices
The ‘mindfulness’ approach combines classic OMT with effective mindfulness practices. Mindfulness is the psychological process of gaining awareness and focusing one’s attention on specific thoughts or actions, e.g. the tongue resting position, tensions or stress. Through a scientifically-based audio training and relaxation programme, the muscle tension in the jaw is positively influenced, and users learn to adopt the correct tongue resting position by focusing on the position of their tongue. There are long term benefits from learning the correct tongue resting position. Large population-based research studies have indicated that the practice of mindfulness is strongly correlated with greater perceived well-being.
Natural Tongue Resting Position
A key element of the Kieferfreund training is to learn the correct positioning of the tongue, lips and jaw. Testing the progress that users achieve is also crucial. This is measured by exercising pressure against the palate with the tongue. Progress is then assessed by drawing on the tactile points. This data is collected manually in our app.
To permanently adopt the correct tongue, lip and jaw resting positions and thereby balancing the craniomandibular-orofacial system, doctors and therapists have traditionally used conventional training tools or no tools at all. These traditional methods are very time-consuming, and initial results are not objectively measurable.
In the absence of a transparent system to monitor progress during the treatment, it cannot be administered and managed efficiently (especially if specific treatment steps do not work). As a result, most treatments that lack transparency take very long to deliver results and many fail to provide any improvements at all, since often patients do not fully engage or give up on the treatment.
The aim is a digital transformation – the Kieferfreund method provides a structured, motivating, supporting and improved method, which has medical therapeutic expertise at its core.
When opening the app, users can easily view all their achievements accomplished during the training and can also see the steps that still require work to progress further. Simultaneously, Kieferfreund improves the transparency of the therapy by providing the practitioner with the available data. Kieferfreund therefore supports therapy and may also improves its success rate.
Who uses Kieferfreund? The applications of Kieferfreund are two-fold. The method will be used by physicians and therapists for treatment, but it will also be employed as an online ‘self-help’ programme. When users practice by themselves, they will by guided throughout the process by the engaging resources in the Kieferfreund app. Kieferfreund was introduced to the German market in October 2015 and has since then proved its effectiveness and market demand.
The Advantages of Kieferfreund for Practitioners
- Better engagement and more motivation of patients during their treatment due to the use of engaging digital media
- Patients will be supported and guided throughout the treatment by the Kieferfreund App
- The app supports the automation of the tongue resting position, including a digital progress report
- Saves time – due to higher transparency during the treatment
- Best practices based on OMT and scientific research
A summary of the advantages – comparing Kieferfreund to other current technologies:
Currently, there are only a few products on the market for learning the correct tongue, lip and jaw positioning. However, a transparent and comprehensible visualisation of the treatment progress is not offered by any of these existing products.
- Existing products only aim to correct and teach the correct tongue, lip and jaw position. Monitoring and visualisation of progress and of the treatment’s success are not supported.
- Most traditional products are designed as ‘support tools’ and have to be worn for several months (6-12). You only have to use the Kieferfreund trainer for 2-5 minutes a day (over a 21-day period).
- Users access the Kieferfreund trainer with a smartphone app. Other alternatives on the market do not offer this feature.
Vision & Team
‘Health is a gift and taking self-responsibility is the greatest chance to retain health throughout your life.’
Kieferfreund is a registered trademark of Belive Concepts GmbH (Linz, Austria), which offer products and solutions with integrated apps in the Myofunctional Science sector. With the digital transformation of medical and therapeutic expertise, we offer our customers increased self-responsibility for their own well-being. Modern technologies and applications decisively aid in conveying medical and therapeutic knowledge presented to patients in a simple, clear and comprehensive manner.
By making use of scientific research, clinical experience and by bringing together professions and building an interdisciplinary team, we aim to provide the best therapy outcome. Our focus is on the natural re-education of the tongue, structuring and standardising the therapy process.
The expertise of Kieferfreund’s interdisciplinary team covers the areas of speech therapy, orthodontics, mind training and industry 4.0. Our core belief is: ‘Next level health care is based on a scientific approach, process automation (digital transformation with progress transparency) and self-responsibility (each individual is the ‘owner’ of their own health)’
The products of the Kieferfreund brand are currently offered in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, while we are preparing to expand internationally in December 2017.
Julia Reindl, M.A.
Founder & Product Marketing
Speech and Language Pathologist with over eight years of experience in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT), Author, Speaker
Vita Julia Reindl, M.A.
- Study/College of Speech and Language Pathology in Linz (Austria)
- Masters in Speech Communication and Rhetoric at University of Regensburg (Germany)
- Mental Trainer for adults, adolescents and children
- Working as Speech and Language Pathologist in the field of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and Myofunctional Science since 2008
- Lecturer at the college for speech therapy in Linz (Austria)
Dr. Manfred Reindl
Managing Director & Strategic Alliances
- Co-Founder of Kieferfreund, accountable for Product Strategy & Strategic Alliances.
- Executive Manager with more than 20 years of experience in the management of start-ups and mid-sized international companies in the IT sector and industry/wellness/medical market.
- Familiar with the development of innovations to market-ready products and the establishment of strategic business alliances.
- Experience with the successful implementation of M&As.
- Development and Marketing of cutting-edge wellness/medical products with the use of modern technologies and the digital transformation of medical and therapeutic expertise.
- Holding a Ph.D. in Business Economics and an MSc in Computer Science.
Felix Neubauer, Bsc.
Product Marketing UK
- Bachelors of Science in Sociology at the University of Southampton, England
- Has worked in a range of student support roles at the University of Oxford, England
- Author of the upcoming book MyHappinessButton which draws on mindfulness principles
- Fully bilingual (German and English)
- Consultant – market research and website/app reviewing
- Deeply involved in content creation for Kieferfreund (music, videos, voice-overs)
We are always up-to-date regarding the newest advances in science, technology and research:
- Member of the ‘Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences’ (AAMS)
- Member of the ‘Logopädenverband Oberösterreich’ association (Association of Speech Therapists Upper-Austria)
- Member of the ‘Österreichische Gesellschaft für Schlafmedizin (ÖGSM)‘ (Austrian Association for sleep medicine)
- Member of the medical technology cluster of the Upper-Austrian business agency (Business Upper Austria)
Talks/Lectures at Conferences and Fairs
- (ÖGZMK) Austrian Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – in Steyr (Austria)
- Topic: ‚Logopedic intervention options for open bite‘
- Annual convention of the (ÖGZMK) Austrian Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – in Bad Hofgastein (Austria)
- Topic: ‚Logopedic intervention options before and after orthognathic surgery‘
- OP-Pflegeforum Linz (Austria)
- Topic: ‚Therapy management of jaw malformations and jaw malpositions from a logopedic point of view‘
- Annual convention of the Austrian Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ÖGZMK) – in Bad Hofgastein (Austria)
- ‚Digital Transformation of a Logopedic Therapy Method for Bruxism‘
- International Dental Show (IDS) in Köln (Germany)
- International orthodontic training conference by the Austrian Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ÖGZMK) in Kitzbühel (Austria)
- 8. Symposium for the day of Speech and language pathology– Logopedic Austria in Salzburg (Austria)
- Logopädenverband Oberösterreich: 2-tägige Fortbildung zum Thema „Logopädische Therapie bei velopharyngealen Insuffizienzen und Lippen-Kiefer-Gaumen-Spaltfehlbildungen“ in Linz (Austria)
- Logopedic Association Upper-Austria: 2-day training on the topic “Speech Therapy in velopharyngeal insufficiencies and cleft lip and palate “in Linz (Austria)” in Linz (Austria)
Want to know more? Scientific research studies
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De Felício CM,Melchior Mde O,Ferreira CL,Da Silva MA: Otologic symptoms of temporomandibular disorder and effect of orofacial myofunctional therapy. Cranio. 2008 Apr;26(2):118-25. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Otologic+symptoms+of+temporomandibular+disorder+and+effect+of+orofacial+myofunctional+therapy.
Camacho M, Certal V, Abdullatif J, Zaghi S, Ruoff CM, Capasso R, Kushida CA: Myofunctional Therapy to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Sleep. 2015 May 1;38(5):669-75. doi: 10.5665/sleep.4652. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Myofunctional+Therapy+to+Treat+Obstructive+Sleep+Apnea%3A+A+Systematic+Review+and+Meta-analysis.
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