How was the Soulet Besombes method born?
In 1953, professor René Soulet of the University of Clermont-Ferrand and professor André Besombes of the University of Paris created a orthopedic functional device called “Soulet-Besombes shower activator”, and almost simultaneously and independently Prof. Pedro Planas of the University of Madrid first, and then of Barcelona, presented a “track plate” and his theories about balancing the mouth and formulating his own laws of neuro-occlusal rehabilitation (RNO).
The Soulet Besombes method spreaded wide in France in the 60s, to be abandoned in favor of the numerous therapeutic and commercial products promoted by the most lucrative multiband techniques.
Personally in the ’80s, looking for a therapeutic approach aimed at improving facial asymmetries, I started using orthopedic repositioning plates using neuromuscular technique to find the correct occlusal starting position on which applying the multiband orthodontic therapy. While not happy with the results that I considered only partial in 1985, I approached Applied Kinesiology (AK), also known as muscle strength testing, attending a course in Como, what would be nowadays a Master course, where together with very few other “pioneers” we began to evaluate the interference on posture of the various receptors.
I was aware that the multiband orthodontic therapies or rigid plates not only failed in a great percentage of cases in solving the occlusal problem, but above all they greatly interfered with the patient’s posture. I began to search for a gentle therapy and the most organic possible through the use of soft lower bite continuously monitored and calibrated in collaboration with an osteopath, but based on my more and deeper knowledge in Posturology, they didn’t totally convince me because they always had margins of error due to the human impossibility to stay within their own manual interventions within the limits of tolerance of few microns, enough to destabilize the Tonic Postural System.
Orthodontic therapies interfered heavily with the patient’s posture.
At the beginning of the 1990s, while I was collaborating with an italian pioneer of functional podo-posturology and a French osteopath, I learned the Soulet Besombes method and saw the extremely positive feedback of both the results and the testimonials of patients excited by the feelings of well-being induced by this therapeutic approach I started using only this method on hundreds of cases with really surprising results managing to avoid, when utilizing prematurely this method, the extraction of premolars and wisdom teeth even in cases where the fixed techniques considered them inevitable .
The confirmation that the occlusal harmonization followed an improvement of general health of the body both physical and psycho-affective convinced me of the correctness of the Soulet Besombes method that can be used on patients of all ages.
General health improvement of the body both physical and psycho-affective.
In 2003 I decided to close my dental practice and start finally a free profession as consultant in dedicated posture centers with colleagues from each branch, orthodontists and dentists more forward-looking and sensitive to the patient’s well being send me people who start therapy and that are surprised to see disappearing symptoms considered irreversible and that report almost incredulous improvement of their life quality.
In 2005 I started to customize the method introducing changes that have enhanced the postural effect and shortened the therapy time.
In 2007, by popular demand from colleagues to know this method, I wrote the book Beyond the palate, the Soulet Besombes method.
In 2008, I activated a Semester Training Courses of the Montorsi Method for Doctors and Odontologists and since the 1st course I have been very successful – see the list of participants qualified to use the Montorsi Method.
In 2009 I finalized the design of a new device called ACOM – Montorsi Cranial Occlusal Harmonizer – which enhances the functional orthopedic effect of my methodology, oriented towards a global postural balance and symptoms resolution.
In 2013, after the great success of the book Oltre il Palato, the request for further study by colleagues and patients led me to write the book Beyond the palate II, the ACOM method.