Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD) is muscle disorder of the face, mouth, lips, or jaw. OMDs may have negative effect on breastfeeding, facial skeletal growth, occlusion development, chewing, swallowing, speech, orthodontic treatment, and more.
The primary goals of myofunctional therapy are:
- Correct the resting posture of the tongue.
- Achieve nasal breathing.
- The mouth closed and lips sealed
- Correct swallowing
Are you not sure if Myofunctional Therapy is beneficial for you?
If you have experienced any of the following problems, the answer is YES!
Myofunctional disorder when the tongue is connected to the floor of the mouth by a short membrane called a tongue-tie. This short membrane makes the tongue constantly rest on the bottom of the mouth. This issue makes it difficult for the tongue to move freely while eating or speaking. Limited movement of the tongue causes poor muscle function. The body has no other choice but to find a “new” way to move. This “new” way results in improper swallowing, messy chewing, swallowing air during eating, mouth breathing, etc.
Tongue thrusting habit is a big contributing factor in occlusion development. Affected individuals perform horizontal tongue movements with protruding tongue between anterior teeth during swallowing. Tongue thrusting makes orthodontic treatment longer and more challenging. Tongue thrusting may also trigger orthodontic relapse, inducing the teeth to shift once braces are removed.
Swallowing problems cause Aerophagia – excessive and repetitive air swallowing. Aerophagia may ultimately result in uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms. Improper swallowing is also associated with complications such as silent aspiration, acid reflux, food/liquid residue, limited variety in diet for age, food aversion or refusal, gagging or vomiting with meals, etc.
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Mouth breathing habit also known as open-mouth resting posture. This myofunctional disorder alternates facial growth, contributes to the improper alignment of the teeth, and affects stability and function of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). We should breathe through the nose because passageways in the nostrils are smaller than those in the mouth. By breathing through the nose, we are getting exactly as much air as we need. Also, majority of nitric oxide production is taking place in the nasal airways and paranasal sinuses. By inhaling air through the mouth, body is not getting nitric oxide. Because of it , myofunctional disorder such as mouth breathing leads to oxygen deprivation on a cellular level. Mouth breathing also affects body posture: many patients exhibit a head bent forward, with rounded shoulders. Mouth breathing can lead to sleep disordered breathing or sleep apnea.
When foreign objects occupy kids’ mouths for extended periods of time, it alternates tongue position and muscle formation around the obstacle. This contributes to numbers of serious orofacial disorders.
Constant headaches may be triggered by many factors, one of which is myofunctional disorder. Orofacial disorders cause overuse, tension, and pain of the facial and neck muscles. When oral muscles learn “new” or improper ways to function, the facial and neck muscles are forced to compensate for it resulting in headaches and TMJ problems.
All forms of sleep apnea result in impaired and fragmented sleep, leading to many health complications. The myofunctional therapy for sleep apnea trains the oral muscles to learn patterns of breathing. It prevents complications of obstructive sleep apnea. Strong and toned muscles help the airway be less collapsible. Myofunctional therapy can effectively complement the other treatment modalities used to treat sleep apnea.
I work in close conjunction with Dentists, Orthodontists, Speech Pathologists, ENTs, and other skilled medical professionals to deliver interconnected and integrated therapies.
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