What Exactly is Myofunctional Therapy?
Orofacial myology defines myofunctional therapy as, “The study and treatment of oral and facial muscles as they relate to speech, detention, chewing/bolus collection, swallowing, and overall mental and physical health (S.R. Holtzman).” Myofunctional therapy allows for someone who is suffering from myofunctional disorders to achieve ideal oral resting posture (i.e., lips and teeth together, tongue resting softly against the roof of the mouth, and breathing through the nose).
Myofunctional therapy involves using a series of specially prescribed exercises that serve to re-train the tongue and lips, as well as the muscles of the face and mouth. These are painless and relatively simple exercises that can easily be continued and practiced at home. Though the length of treatment is based on your needs, typically individual’s complete treatment in ten sessions spanning over the course of six months.
Why is it Important?
Breathing properly is essential to living a long-healthy life. Many who struggle with myofunctional disorders display symptoms including jaw and neck pain, headaches, sleep disorders, difficult chewing, swallowing problems, TMJ disorders, and speech disorders. In other words, myofunctional disorders overtime can negatively affect your whole-body wellness.
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