What is Myofunctional Therapy?
It is the assessment and rehabilitation of orofacial muscles that are not properly functioning, under developed or habitually redirected that result in disorders of the head, neck and airway. With the guided use of exercises and stretches to guide muscle function, break and reform new proper oral habits and gain muscle memory can aid in proper growth and development of youth. As adults our bodies have had to compensate for the lack of proper function either due to a restriction or habit and with myofunctional therapy we can eliminate or reduce compensations and provide muscles with proper functions once again.
What conditions or disorders would benefit from Myofunctional Therapy?
To name just a few - Tongue ties/restrictions, Sleep disturbances, Restricted airways, Mouth Breathing, Oral Habits like thumb sucking, Muscle Bracing, Clenching, Collapsed dental arches, Relapsed orthodontic work, Grinding/Bruxism, Muscle tension, Speech difficulties/impairments, Stomach bloating/gas build up.
Will a few exercises be all I need?
Myofunctional therapy is individualized to each client and their goals! Interprofessional collaboration is always advised! This could mean a trip to your massage therapist, chiropractor, orthodontist or other qualified health professionals during your myofunctional therapy to assist in reaching your goal! Additionally there are a wide range of products and appliances that could be recommended along the way to help boost your therapy.