Myofunctional Therapy

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

What exactly is Myofunctional Therapy?

The definition is: the neuromuscular re-education of the oral and facial muscles. In simpler terms, it is a highly effective therapy that improves/ corrects proper tongue posture, breathing, and strengthens/ balances the muscles in the face, tongue, head, neck, as well as upper shoulders.

Orofacial myofunctional disorders, or OMDs for short, occur when negative habits or adaptive movements occur within the orofacial complex.

What are Some Symptoms To Inform you of an OMD?

  • Tongue thrust
  • Finger sucking
  • Low resting tongue posture
  • Snoring
  • A “weak chin”
  • Mouth breathing
  • Digestive issues
  • Teeth grinding
  • TMD/ TMJ dysfunction (clicking or popping of the jaw and/or pain)
  • Improper speech
  • Open anterior or posterior bite
  • Extended pacifier use
  • And many more…

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How Can I Get This Treated?

Start with a simple assessment to figure out what the problem(s) are. Making sure you schedule with a certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist that can properly and sufficiently diagnose and treat OMD. If it is found that you or your child has an OMD, a myofunctional therapist can prescribe a series of specific exercises. These specific and tailored therapeutic exercises involves strengthening of the tongue and orofacial muscles by teaching individuals how to engage the muscles appropriately. The goal of these exercises is to retrain the muscles of the tongue, mouth, and face to function properly, which is essentially correcting the OMD.

What Are The Consequences Left Untreated?

This is something specific to the individual, but what has been seen is:

  • Improper facial and skeletal growth
  • Dysfunctional “habits” or twitches
  • If not already experiencing, jaw joint dysfunction and pain
  • Improper and insufficient sleeping habits
  • Undesired facial aesthetics
  • Oral hygiene and dental problems
  • Dry mouth
  • Crooked teeth
  • And many more…

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805-260-5877

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