Myofunctional Therapy

(Left) Tara with her class learning myofunctional therapy this past month in Louisana.

What is myofunctional therapy?

Myofunctional therapy helps treat Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs). What are OMDS? OMDS are improper function of the tongue and facial muscles that affect breathing, swallowing, and ultimately skeletal growth and development. Myotherapy helps with a variety of chronic and acute problems that are widely experienced by both adults and children.

Do you know someone, or are you personally struggling with crooked teeth, open bite, pain in your jaw joints, or an imbalanced facial appearance? Restless sleep, waking throughout the night, snoring, or sleep apnea from a restricted airway? Bed wetting? Headaches, migraines, irritability, or ADD/ADHD? Speech troubles and articulation? Clenching and grinding or wearing a nightguard? Thumb sucking or nail biting? If any of these sound familiar, you or your friend may be struggling with an OMD.

The core of myofunctional therapy focuses on finding the CAUSE, or the WHY of the problem instead of suppressing the symptoms. Symptoms point us in the right direction and are a large focus, but myotherapy looks beyond symptoms to treat the cause instead of the effect which will help our patients find real, long-lasting wellness.

Wouldn’t it be lovely to live a life free of headaches and pain? Would you like to help to prevent swallowing and breathing issues in your child? Do you have a new baby that is having an issue with breast feeding? Myofunctional therapy may be your missing puzzle piece.