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Myofunctional Therapy

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Myofunctional Therapist

 

Myofunctional therapy is a specialized field of healthcare that focuses on the treatment of orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs). These disorders are characterized by abnormal muscle function in the face, mouth, and throat, which can lead to a variety of symptoms, including:
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Myofunctional therapists-C (MT-Cs) are healthcare professionals who have received specialized training in the treatment of OMDs. They use a variety of techniques to improve muscle function in the face, mouth, and throat, including:

• Orofacial exercises
• Myofascial release
• Craniosacral therapy
• Nutritional counseling

MT-Cs can help patients of all ages, from infants to adults. Treatment typically involves a series of weekly or biweekly sessions. The length of treatment will vary depending on the severity of the OMD.


Benefits of Myofunctional Therapy

Myofunctional therapy can provide a number of benefits for patients with OMDs, including:

• Improved breathing
• Reduced mouth breathing
• Improved tongue function
• Improved speech
• Reduced jaw pain
• Reduced headaches
• Improved overall health


Success of Myofunctional Therapy

Myofunctional therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of OMDs. Studies have shown that MT-Cs can improve breathing, reduce mouth breathing, and improve tongue function in children and adults. MT-Cs have also been shown to be effective in reducing jaw pain and headaches in adults.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of an OMD, you may benefit from seeing an MT-C. Myofunctional therapy can help you improve your overall health and well-being.


Here are some tips for finding a qualified MT-C:

• Ask your doctor or dentist for a referral.
• Look for an MT-C who is certified by the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM).
• Interview several MT-Cs before choosing one.
• Make sure you feel comfortable with the MT-C and their treatment plan.

Myofunctional therapy is a safe and effective treatment for OMDs. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of an OMD, you may benefit from seeing an MT-C.

Tongue's muscles trained well,
Myofunctional harmony,
Healthy smiles restored.

Symptoms

 

Crooked/crowded teeth

Mouth breathing

Tongue thrusting

Jaw pain

Reverse swallowing

Open Bite

Flared teeth

Improper facial development

Scalloped tongue

Orthodontic relapse

Long face/High narrow palate

​​Forward head posture

Short upper lip

Snoring/Sleep Apnea

Signs

 

Breastfeeding difficulties

Tongue-tied baby, child, or adult

Mouth-breathing child or adult

Improper swallowing

​Speech problems

Snoring/Sleep Apnea 

TMJD (temporomandibular joint disorder)

Myofunctional

Myo is a prefix that means muscle. Tongue & Thumb therapy aims to address muscular functions and behaviors that might affect speaking, chewing, breathing, swallowing, occlusion and facial form.

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Tongue Tie

Statistically

 

tongue-tie affects over 5 percent of all newborns. It is three times more common in boys than girls, and there is a genetic link. When a baby has breastfeeding problems, a tongue tie is one of many possible culprits. 

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