Myofunctional therapy is an exercise-based treatment modality for symptoms and conditions related to the face, mouth, and jaws, otherwise known as orofacial myofunctional disorders.
Treatment consists of an individualized program and involves the neuromuscular re-education of dysfunctional muscles of the mouth and face. Exercises are given at each session to improve breathing, tongue posture, lip seal and correct chewing and swallowing patterns. Depending on symptoms, specific exercises will address individual needs such as oral ties, jaw pain and healthy sleep habits.
Patients see improvements in their symptoms by restoring normal muscle function and eliminating dysfunctional breathing patterns and oral habits.
Orofacial myofunctional therapy works for all ages. Although children and adolescents see the most improvement, adults can also benefit. Your body is always changing and remodeling itself—and orofacial myofunctional therapy capitalizes on the fact that your jawbones are among the most dynamic bones in the entire body. That means they’re more receptive to the forces released when performing therapeutic exercises.
The lingual frenum is a thin piece of soft tissue that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. Ankyloglossia (tongue tie) occurs when the frenum is abnormally short and may restrict tongue mobility. Tongue ties, along with lip and cheek ties, can directly impact breastfeeding, but are so much more than just a lactation issue. Untreated oral ties can lead to difficulties with speech and feeding, underdeveloped jaws, dental crowding and disease, sleep disordered breathing, head and neck tension, jaw pain, and digestive issues. I work closely with release providers to ensure oral restriction is addressed appropriately.
WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM MYO?
Signs and symptoms that you or your child would benefit from myofunctional therapy include mouth breathing, snoring, jaw pain, sleep apnea, low tongue posture, oral ties, speech difficulties, tongue thrust, orthodontic relapse, teeth grinding/clenching, head and neck tension, ADHD, behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, recurrent dental disease, bedwetting, night terrors, and digestive problems.