What is Myofunctional Therapy?
Myofunctional therapy is a program used to target and correct improper tongue and oral muscle patterning. Oral myofunctional disorder creates imbalances in resting mouth and tongue posture, swallowing and breathing. These imbalances often lead to an abnormal bite (the improper alignment between the upper and lower teeth known as a malocclusion). Myofunctional exercises aim to strengthen, coordinate and retrain the muscles involved in swallowing, resting posture, speech and breathing.
Myofunctional Therapy Candidates
Children and adults that are candidates for myofunctional therapy have one of more of the following symptoms:
- Misaligned Teeth
- Thumb – Sucking
- Facial Pain
- Speech Problems
- Mouth Breathing
- Sleep Apnea
- Stomach Aches
- Surgical Frenectomy Patients
Understanding Myofunctional Disorders & Treatment
The muscles of the face, tongue and throat need to be in proper alignment for a person to swallow correctly. Oral myofunctional issues can cause many abnormal mouth issues, incorrect swallowing, and cosmetic and speech problems. The position of the tongue when at rest and during swallowing is an important factor in these ongoing issues. Much of the postural abnormalities stem from how the tongue presses against the back of the teeth. Myofunctional therapy helps improve and work with these muscles. This type of therapy will help allow the body to swallow normally. It will allow the tip of the tongue to press firmly against the roof of the mouth behind the front teeth. Myofunctional therapy, in many cases accompanies Orthodontic treatment.
Treatment usually consists of daily exercises until the proper muscle pattern is created. Average length of treatment last 16-24 weeks, however, the length of treatment may vary.
Strategies for Success specializes in retraining and re-pattering oral facial muscles to restore inadequate posture, speech, swallowing, and breathing. Please call us for an initial evaluation at 408-515-4037.
After 11 Weeks of Therapy