Physiotherapists Area

Here, you will find all the information you need to make the best use of the BruxApp Cloud platform for your profession.

Bruxism, a widespread phenomenon,
a new challenge for the physiotherapist as well.

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The most recent scientific publications have highlighted how bruxism can be a risk factor, a contributory cause or even the triggering cause of certain diseases related to musculoskeletal overload.

These include, first and foremost, temporomandibular disorders, but also myalgia, muscle tension headaches and cervicobrachialgia, which are increasingly common today as a by-product of a hectic lifestyle.

At present, it is estimated that bruxism affects about 30% of the population. Many millions of people around the world suffer from it to varying degrees, but these figures will most certainly be underestimated. This is because, on the one hand, there is a lack of epidemiological studies on a worldwide scale; on the other hand, the post-pandemic period has shown an increase in cases of bruxism with all its consequences.

Therefore, not only the dentist, but also the physiotherapist must be prepared for this challenge, identifying risk factors in bruxism patients and managing the treatment in the correct way.

Are you a physiotherapist?

If you are a physiotherapist who also treats bruxism and dysfunctional patients in general, you need to be familiar with BruxApp. The platform is recognised as a class 1 medical device and is designed on a scientific and research basis. 

As a physiotherapist, you will certainly have experienced how difficult it is to manage muscle tensions and their consequences, e.g. for TMJ, in these categories of patients. The treatments seem to have little efficacy with very limited benefit over time.  No matter what protocols are used, within a few days , the patient often thwarts all therapeutic efforts.

This happens because they continue to generate and self-sustain all those muscular tensions at the origin of the problems you are trying to treat. If the patient does not learn to manage those tensions, all forms of treatment will soon be in vain. 

BruxApp changes the paradigm, putting the patient at the centre. Working on self-awareness, it helps him or her take on the role of the first role in the management and resolution of their problem, supported by experienced professionals.

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An assessment process

Through BruxApp, the patient carries out a 7-day test to assess the degree of severity of his or her awake bruxism. Warning: this is not a diagnosis, but a preliminary analysis of the condition and possible areas of pain. At the end of the test, BruxApp generates some graphs displaying the extent and type of muscle strain that is afflicting the patient. It also allows the progress of events to be checked over the course of the test week or day by day. This makes it possible to know the patient’s starting condition and to understand how to set up the treatment plan.

A management process

Once the starting point has been established, BruxApp provides a cognitive-behavioural re-education programme based on positive biofeedback. The platform generates audible alerts to which the patient, appropriately trained, reacts by developing awareness of their muscle tensions through mental training to learn to self-manage them.

A follow-up process

Once the first re-education programme has been carried out, the patient undergoes a new evaluation test to check results and improvements. This is where it is decided how to continue the training, whether to change or insert new management strategies. The customisation of processes is the winning factor of the re-education process. As an experienced physiotherapist, you will be able to input the most suitable treatment methods and exercises to suggest to your patient. All revalidation processes are repeatable, and you can monitor them several times.

A device with a solid scientific basis

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1. Thanks to the EMA (Ecological Momentary Assessment) technology employed by BruxApp, it is possible to assess a patient’s behaviour in real time and in his or her environment for a reasonably long time. The Smartphone-Based EMA is now a reference standard for awake bruxism within the Standardised Tool for the Assessment of Bruxism approved by the International Bruxism Consensus Panel at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR- Boston 2021).

All the data is managed according to the strict rules of the European GDPR for the protection of health data.

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2. BruxApp is the only platform in the world that offers the digital version of the Standardised Tool for the Assessment of Bruxism (STAB), the assessment tool for bruxism recently published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation by an international consensus of experts in the field after five years of work by the Bruxism Consensus Panel – IADR / IADR

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3. The principles of EMI (Ecological Momentary Intervention) are the tool BruxApp uses for patient cognitive-behavioural re-education and positive bio-feedback processes, based on the test results and the doctor’s diagnosis.

What more can BruxApp offer you?

1. Video tutorial

A video tutorial explaining the platform, how to read and use the data in order to correctly plan the rehabilitation and patient management plan. The management of all data in accordance with the GDPR for the management and protection of health data

2. Viewing your profile

space where you can post your profile and skills, being visible to all those patients who are looking for a physiotherapist experienced in bruxism in the area.

3. Finding new patients

The opportunity to find new patients, as well as other physiotherapists and dentists with expertise in bruxism with whom you can interact or collaborate.

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The physiotherapists featured on the BruxApp Cloud platform are all experienced professionals able to guarantee patients the correct professional training in this field.

A team of qualified practising physiotherapy lecturers from the 
Master’s Degree Course in “Musculoskeletal and Rheumatology Physiotherapy” at La Sapienza University in Rome, members of GSID andGTM-AIFI, is, in fact, training master classes of physiotherapists with expertise in bruxism and TMD, through weekend courses or the annual University Master’s Course in Rome.

Thanks to the collaboration with the Italian Study Group on Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders (GSID) the didactic material of the University Master follows the guidelines of the GSID board with the endorsement of Prof. Daniele Manfredini, one of the leading international experts on the subject.

During the theoretical lectures and interactive discussions, participants will learn all the theoretical Evidence Based basics and with the practical sessions on patients, they will reinforce the shared theoretical contents and clinical experiences of the instructors (physiotherapists and dentists).
You will be connected to an International Community of instructors and colleagues who stay connected, to engage in constant discussion and updating, thanks to the GSID’s training activities and annual International Congress.

The GSID Facebook group, also open to physiotherapists, has more than 14,000 registered members worldwide.