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Craniofacial Therapy Academy (CRAFTA)

Basic Course Module 1

Craniomandibular dysfunction and its functional relationships

Pain mechanisms of the relevant structures of the craniomandibular region, the function of the temporomandibular joint and its neurophysiological, bio-mechanical and functional relationships with the cervical spine, the cranium and the nervous system are treated primarily here.

The focus of the seminar is on the subjective assessment, examination and treatment techniques in the craniomandibular region and an update of neurobiological and anatomical knowledge about the function of the craniomandibular region.

A dentistry lecture on rail therapy and the presentation of syndromes such as bruxism, bracing, (cervical) headaches, neuralgia, otomandibular syndrome round off the theory balanced in theory and practice.


  • Functional (neuro) anatomy and pathophysiology
  • pathologies
  • differential diagnoses


  • Palpation of the reference points
  • Physical examination
  • treatment techniques
  • Treatment setup - general and with regard to syndromes
  • Patient presentation with a following-up

Basic Course - Module 2

Craniofacial dysfunction and its functional relationships

The function of the cranium and knowledge about the adaptation and the movement patterns of the cranium (cranial dynamics) on evidence-based knowledge are the main focus of this seminar.

The classification of pain mechanisms, examination and treatment techniques at the Neuro- and Viscerocranium as well as an update of neurobiological and anatomical knowledge about the function of the cranium provide a comprehensive overview of the cranial structures.


  • General Phylogenesis and Ontogenesis
  • Cranial dynamics
  • Functional Anatomy of Neurocranium and Viscerocranium
  • Clinical patterns of the cranial region and the pain mechanisms


  • Palpation of the cranium and facial skeleton
  • Physical examination of the kranio-facial complex. Such as inspection, introduction to the clinic and passive examination and treatment techniques
  • Management of craniofacial syndromes in children and adults

Basic Course - Module 3

The cranial nervous system. Investigation, treatment and management

This part is about recognizing clinical patterns of cranial nerve dysfunction and neuropathy. Conduction (tests of conductivity) and neurodynamic tests of all cranial nerves as well as nerve palpations are presented here. Mobilization, facilitation and neuromassage of the extracranial nerves are treated in practical proportions


  • Physical dysfunction of the nervous system

  • Functional neuroanatomy and neurodynamics of the cranial nerves
  • Peripheral neuropathic pain mechanisms and cranial nerves
  • differential diagnosis
  • Clinical conclusion regarding cranial nerves


  • Conductivity tests (conductivity)

  • Examination and treatment by palpation techniques

  • Neurodynamic tests of the cranial nerves
  • treatment principles
  • Treatment of syndromes, including vasomotor headache, cranial neuropathy, atypical facial nerve pain, trigeminal neuralgia, facial paresis, dysfunction, speech and swallowing disorders
  • patient Presentation