Myofunctional Therapy

Myofunctional therapy is a series of exercises that improve nasal breathing, tongue position, swallow, and bite. It is important to establish a proper growth pattern with functions such as suction, swallowing, chewing and nasal breathing from infancy to ensure proper growth and development. With myofunctional therapy, we can train the orofacial muscles to work as they were intended to guide the proper growth of the teeth and jaws.

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Benefits of Myofunctional Therapy

There are many Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD’s) that affect the growth, development and function of the craniofacial respiratory complex. Signs and symptoms of OMD’s may include:

  • Problems breastfeeding
  • Improper skeletal growth
  • Messy eating
  • Tongue thrust swallow
  • TMD’s
  • Open mouth breathing
  • Overbite/underbite
  • Speech difficulties
  • Orthodontic relapse
  • Excessive drooling
  • Tooth grinding
  • Finger sucking
  • Nail biting
  • Tooth grinding
  • Lip licking

The goal of myofunctional therapy is to retrain the muscles of the face and tongue to improve nasal breathing, lip seal, tongue posture, and swallow pattern. With a series of therapeutic exercises, myofunctional therapy ensures these muscles are working to the best of their ability to obtain normal posture of the tongue, lips and jaw. Once this is established, proper nasal breathing is facilitated allowing the facial structures and airway to grow and develop at a normal rate. Some benefits to proper growth and development include:

  • More energy
  • Decreased snoring
  • Straight teeth
  • Increased muscle tone
  • Facial symmetry
  • Proper breathing
  • Correct swallow
  • Improves overall health and wellness
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