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What is Myofunctional Therapy?

Myofunctional Therapy, at its core, is a series of exercises designed to address and normalize the functionality of the muscles of the mouth, jaw, and face. These muscles play pivotal roles in breathing, speaking, swallowing, and the overall structural development of the face and jaw. When these functions are impaired due to various factors, Myofunctional Therapy steps in as a non-invasive remedy to retrain the neuromuscular system, ensuring each muscle works in harmony as nature intended.

The Importance of Orofacial Harmony

The balance within our orofacial system is more than just a foundation for aesthetic appeal; it’s a critical component of our overall health. Imbalances or dysfunctions within this system can lead to complications such as sleep apnea, speech impediments, digestive issues, and even posture irregularities. By employing strategic exercises, Myofunctional Therapy strengthens and retrains these pivotal muscles, thereby addressing the root cause of the disorders rather than just the symptoms.

Who Can Benefit from Myofunctional Therapy?

Myofunctional Therapy knows no age limits; it’s as effective for children adapting to new oral habits after thumb sucking as it is for adults struggling with sleep apnea or TMJ disorders. If you’re experiencing any orofacial discomfort, difficulty in general facial muscle functions, or seeking preventive care, Myofunctional Therapy could be your pathway to relief and enhanced health.

The Myofunctional Therapy Process

Beginning with a comprehensive evaluation, a certified myofunctional therapist assesses the orofacial muscle system’s function and designs a customized series of exercises. These exercises, often simple yet highly effective, are practiced regularly over a period, leading to gradual and sustainable improvement and retraining of the orofacial muscles.  While you may need to see other providers throughout your myofunctional therapy journey, we will help guide you in collaborating with the right healthcare providers to optimize your treatment.

The Four Goals of Myofunctional Therapy

Nasal Breathing

It's all about ditching mouth-breathing and embracing the nose's natural, awesome ability to warm, humidify, and filter the air we breathe—like a built-in air purifier!

Lip Seal

No more unintentional open-mouth stares; having a relaxed, natural lip seal keeps our mouth closed, maintaining the moisture and health of our mouth while resting.

Proper Tongue Resting Posture

Think of it as yoga for your tongue; it's keeping your tongue comfortably at the roof of your mouth, which helps support your jaw and even align your teeth over time.

Correct Swallow Pattern

Swallowing's not just gulp and go; doing it right means using your tongue and throat muscles in harmony, making each swallow smooth and effortless, like a well-rehearsed dance.

I can't recommend Tricia enough! She was the first healthcare professional to identify my tongue tie (as an adult) and explain how other symptoms I had experienced for so long were related. She is a wealth of knowledge, easy to talk to, and truly cares for her patients. Not only did she take the time to answer all of my questions and concerns, but she followed up with me days later with additional information pertinent to my case. If you suspect you or your loved one has a tongue tie (at any age) go see Tricia!
- Hope

Learn More About Tongue Ties and Their Impact

Discover a wealth of knowledge on tongue ties through our informative video library. Dive into engaging content that delves into the intricacies of tongue ties, their effects on oral health and development, and the available treatment options. These educational videos provide valuable insights to help you better understand this condition and make informed decisions regarding your or your loved one’s oral health journey.