Orofacial myology corrects orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) by correcting the position, motor patterning and strength of the muscles of the face, neck, jaw and oral cavity through the use of progressive exercises.

It can be the missing link for effective integrative treatment of orthodontic problems, breathing disorders, chronic craniofacial and neck pain and sleep apnea.

Common myofunctional disorders

  • tongue thrust
  • abnormal tongue action during swallowing
  • low muscle tone of tongue and muscles attaching to it
  • low tone in muscles of the pharynx (back of mouth)
  • collapse of nasal muscles during breathing
  • incorrect chewing
  • open mouth posture and weak lip seal
  • short upper lip
  • overuse of chin muscles during swallowing
  • excessive jaw tension and imbalance of jaw muscles
  • abnormal motion of jaw during swallowing

What causes OMDs?

Most OMDs begin in childhood from a range of factors, including:

  • obstruction of upper airway as a result of allergies or enlarged adenoids and tonsils
  • mouth breathing
  • thumb and dummy sucking
  • tongue and lip ties
  • upper and lower jaw abnormalities
  • cranial strain patterns

What are the consequences of OMDs?

In adults

OMDs can contribute to chronic neck, TMJ and craniofacial pain. Conditions such as snoring and sleep apnea are also aggravated by muscular dysfunctions of the tongue, pharynx and soft palate and by mouth breathing.

In children

OMDs affect the growth and development of the face, teeth, jaws and general posture of the head, neck and spine. The presence of OMDS impacts on breathing by reducing airway size and predisposing children to sleep breathing disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea.

Children with OMDs can have more difficulty with speech, feeding, breathing and muscular-skeletal pain.

Myofunctional issues from mouth breathing

What role does orofacial myofunctional therapy play in integrative health care?

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy can be the missing link for effective integrative treatment of orthodontic problems, breathing disorders, chronic craniofacial and neck pain and sleep apnea.

In children with OMDs, timely correction can be of great benefit for optimum growth and development of the face and airway.  Early intervention is recommended as it can prevent a number of adult health problems.

OMT often works best when combined with other therapies, including dentistry, breathing retraining and osteopathy.

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