History of Soulet-Besombes Method
In 1953 Prof. Renè Soulet of Clermont-Ferrand University and Prof. André Besombes of Paris University devised a functional orthopaedic device they called “douche activator” Soulet Besombes. Almost simultaneously and independently Prof. Pedro Planas of Madrid University and then Barcelona, presented a “trail plate” and his theories on the balance of the mouth formulating his own laws on Neuro-Occlusal Rehabilitation (N.O.R.).
The Soulet-Besombes method found widespread use in France in the ’60s, only to be abandoned in favour of the many therapeutic and commercial aids promoted by the more lucrative multiband techniques.
Personally, in the 80s, looking for a therapeutic approach aimed at improving facial asymmetry I started utilizing orthopaedic repositioning plates using the neuro-muscular technique to find the correct occlusal position as a starting point from which to base the multiband orthodontic treatment. Not content, I considered the results partial and in 1985 I approached Applied Kinesiology and followed a course in Como, which today would be the equivalent of a Masters, where together with a few other “pioneers” began to assess the interference of different receptors on the posture.
I came to the realization that in a high percentage of cases using multiband orthodontic treatment or rigid plates could not only solve the occlusion problem, but above all heavily interfered with the patient’s posture. Thus I began the search for a gentle more biological therapy by utilising inferior soft bites continuously monitored and adjusted with the help of osteopaths but, in the light of my ever growing knowledge in Posturology, these did not fully convince me as they always reported their own margin of error of the human impossibility to be with their manual operations within the limit of tolerance of a few microns sufficient to destabilize the Postural Tonic System.
Orthodontic treatment heavily interfered with the patient’s posture
In the early 90s whilst working with an Italian pioneer in functional Podoposturology and a French osteopath, I was introduced to the Soulet-Besombes method and, given the extremely positive results together with the testimony of patients enthusiastic by the sensation of well-being induced by this therapeutic approach I started using only this technique on hundreds of cases with truly amazing results managing to avoid, when using this method early on, the extraction of premolars and wisdom teeth even in cases where the fixed techniques reputed this inevitable.
The finding that the occlusal harmonization resulted in an improvement in the overall health of the body, both physical and psycho-affective, convinced me of the correctness/accuracy of this method which can be used on patients of all ages.
Improvement in the overall health of the body, both physical and psycho-affective
In 2003 I decided to give up my dental studio and finally free embarked on a profession through specialized centres in posture where medical colleagues of every branch, orthodontists and dentists more farsighted and sensitive to the welfare of the patient, sent me patients who started the therapy and were surprised to see symptoms that were considered irreversible disappear and almost incredulously reported an improved quality of life.
In 2005 I started to customize the method by introducing changes that have enhanced the postural effect and shortened the time of treatment.
In 2007, due to the increased demand from colleagues to know more about the method, I wrote the book “Beyond the Palate. Soulet-Besombes according to Montorsi“.
In 2008, I commenced the Montorsi Method Training Course for Doctors and Dentists, the 1st of which was a great success and has since then continued – see the list of practitioners qualified in the Montorsi Method – ACOM.
In 2009 I finalized the design of a new device called ACOM – Montorsi Cranial Occlusal Harmonizer – that further enhances the functional orthopaedic effect of my technique which is ever more oriented towards the overall postural balance and resolution of symptoms.
In 2013, following the great success of the book “Beyond the Palate“, a request for further insights by colleagues and patients led me to write the book “Beyond the Palate II. The ACOM method“.