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Myofunctional Therapy

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is the treatment of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders or OMDs. These OMDs include:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Thumb sucking
  • Tongue Thrusting
  • Orthodontic relapse
  • Tongue tie
  • Incorrect tongue resting posture/swallowing pattern

OM therapy is re-education or re-patterning of the oral facial muscles using specific therapeutic techniques over a period of time to assist in proper functions and growth development plus proper esthetics. The goal is to create, re-establish, or stabilize appropriate normal postural, functional or orofacial muscle patterns.

DOES MY CHILD NEED MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY?

  • Does your child have difficulty pronouncing specific sounds despite having speech therapy for years?
  • Can you see your child’s tongue push forward while swallowing? Is your child a messy eater?
  • Do you see your child’s tongue stick out between the front teeth at rest? Are their lips apart and jaw hinged open while watching T.V. or reading a book?
  • Does your child have an open mouth posture (at rest) or mouth breathe?
  • Does your child tongue rest against your teeth?
  • Does you child is during orthodontic treatment and your orthodontic has said: he must change his oral habits ?
  • Have your teeth moved after orthodontic treatment?
  • Does your child’s tongue seemed ‘tied’ to the floor of the mouth?
  • Does your child breathe through their mouth?
  • Does your child snore at night? Sound congested?
  • Does your child have a forward head posture with rounded shoulders (slouches)?
  • Is your child always putting things in their mouth such as fingers, pens, clothing etc.?

SO HOW DOES IT WORK?

The process typically begins with a comprehensive assessment. The assessment ensures that the therapist knows where to begin and how far they need to go. Myo-Functional Therapy is a very “active” treatment and your child will be expected to commit to the exercises daily for a minimum of 8-12 weeks. Each week there is an appointment to check on the progress and assign new exercises. After the program there will be a complete re-assessment before they… GRADUATE! Sometimes children need further work, depending on the severity of the case AND on compliance!