Physical Therapy (OSP Therapy) in Germany
According to the gum plate concept of Dr. Castillo Morales, Dr. Klaus and Sabine Berndsen at ISST researched and developed the OSP Therapy since 1989. As a result, more than 3000 OSP therapies with differing stimuli and materials for patients have been created and the stimulation-reaction influences measured. Ultimately, OSP (Physical Therapy) developed from 16 distinctively individual stimulus bodies which are integrated in a soft plate system. OSP provokes intraoral stimulations such as tongue, lip, soft palate activation and influence on complex functions: Swallowing, breathing, chewing, neurological behaviors, ventilation of the middle ear and improvement proprioceptive activities. OSP (Physical Therapy) supports initiation, correction, and automation of basic tensions, basic positions and functional models. Stimulus body variations, variations in material hardness and strength are decisive for the successful course of therapy. Scientific investigations support the successfulness of the OSP concepts and prove greater advantages as oppose to other soft palate therapies. The necessary quality standards of the novel neurophysiological OSP therapies (Physical Therapy) are selected in cooperation of universities, dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, speech therapists, dental technicians and clinics. OSP manufacturers, special laboratories are trained and require a certification for the OSP production by Berndsen/Berndsen. Indications for OSP (Physical Therapy) Difficulties eating and drinking Change from special nutrition to physiological nutrition Changing from mouth to nose breathing Cleft palate Incorrect tongue function Facial paralysis (i.e. after stroke) Failure to close mouth Hypersalivation Tongue enlargement (Macroglossia) Initiation of correct swallowing behaviors Preventive jaw orthopedics Post tongue operations and by tongue paralysis Special handicaps, syndromes (i.e Down’s Syndrome) Mandibular joint problems Facial, shoulder and neck pain Snoring and sleep apnea Neurological problems Research Results Comparative clinical scientific studies of the OSP therapy or Physical Therapy of Berndsen/Berndsen draw the following conclusion Summary: “After application of OSP therapy (Berndsen/Berndsen) show that within a six-month observation period a noticeable increase in application acceptance and the desired oral-facial reactions were adapted to convincingly. With this result, it can be assumed that the application of OSP therapy in an individual case is not only more comfortable, physically, than other stimulus plate applications, increasing compliance of its use. The activation of desired form and function was also adapted to. The variations of the OSP or Physical Therapy systems which are offered from Berndsen/Berndsen take into account the necessary individual stimulation intensity and direction.” – University of Hamburg, Department of Orthodontics OSP Characteristics Individual OSP are made from soft materials, which are developed and approved for medical technology. The product does not exert pressure or create unwanted irritations in the mouth. The use of the OSP in the mouth does not uncomfortably fill the mouth because of the thinness of the material and therefore hinders insignificantly the familiar spatial settings within the mouth. OSP Application OSP are placed in the soft palate three times daily (not during feeding) for approximately 30 to 60 minutes. In some cases, the device is worn at night. The OSP adheres to the gum tissue. The adhesion of the OSP may be helped with the use of menthol-free fixative creams.