Myofunctional Therapy
What is myofunctional therapy?

The goals of myofunctional therapy focus on proper rest posture, nasal breathing, and a proper swallow.

We work on strength, range of motion, and coordination of the muscles of the tongue, lips, and cheeks to ensure proper function. 

 

What are orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs)?

“OMD refers to abnormal resting labial-lingual posture of the orofacial musculature, atypical chewing and swallowing patterns, dental malocclusions, blocked nasal airways, and speech problems.” – Hanson, 1982 

OMDs can manifest in a variety of ways across the lifespan. When treating OMDs, we try to get to the root cause of the issue, rather than just treating the symptoms.

Signs of an OMD
Open Mouth Posture Mouth Breathing
Tongue/Lip Ties Tongue Thrust Swallow
Picky Eating Drooling
Oral Habits Articulation Issues
Malocclusion TMJD
Orthodontic Relapse Halitosis
Gum Disease High/Narrow Palate
Snoring Noisy Breathing
Frequent Congestion Sleep Issues
Wake Up Tired Forward Head Posture
Migraines/Headaches Neck/Shoulder Pain
Feeding Difficulties Teeth Grinding/Clenching
Difficulty Swallowing Dark Circles Under Eyes
Heart Shaped Tongue Recessed Chin

If you struggle with any of these symptoms, let’s get started with a free consultation.

Collaborative Care

OMDs often require a team approach when it comes to treatment. We coordinate with many local providers who understand the importance of looking at the big picture and addressing the root cause.

We collaborate with:

Dentists
Orthodontists
Cranial Sacral Therapists
Physical Therapists
Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctors
Chiropractors