We teach patients how to rest, chew, swallow and breath in order to support the body and its intended functions. We work on oral habits that lead to poor muscle patterns and find balance for each patient.
Myofunctional Therapy is popular all over the world. This vital therapy is gaining momentum in the U.S as patients demand a more holistic approach to health care.
Why is this therapy important?
All of the muscles of the head and neck relate intimately to the tongue and oral structures. In order to have stability in the body, the tongue, oral cavity, airway and lips must be considered. Myofunctional therapists are like the "Personal Trainers" of the mouth. Myofunctional therapy works to re-train the brain to eliminate noxious oral habits that disrupt much-needed balance. It has been speculated that 85% of the population suffers from some type of myofunctional disorder. These disorders are often caused by the modern way in which we live. Allergies, a restrictive frenum and improper breathing can be contributing factors. There are many reasons someone will suffer from a myofunctional disorder that is not addressed.
When the muscles of the mouth aren't functioning as they should, the hard structures (like the lower jaw, palate and nose) don't grow and form properly. This structural affect can contribute to various dysfunctions which relate to the entire orofacial complex including, but not limited to: position of the teeth (malocclusion), improper chewing or swallowing, breathing disorders, temporomandibular joint pain, muscle tension, reflux, failure to thrive, sleep apnea or sleep deprivation (often misdiagnosed ADHD). Significant and reputable research is currently supporting the benefit of myofunctional therapy. In the near future, myofunctional therapy will be considered by all diciplines of healthcare. Orofacial myofunctional disorders should be addressed and incoorporated into the standard of care as it is in many other countries.
Informative Video of Joy Moeller discussing myofunctional therapy. The "Mother of Myofunctional Therapy".