Myofunctional Therapy is a program used to correct the improper function of the tongue and facial muscles used at rest, chewing and swallowing. When the harmonious function of the tongue, lips and cheeks are not working properly, problems develop such as tongue thrust, snoring, sleep apnea, jaw/joint pain, poor jaw development and crooked teeth.
In order to swallow correctly, the relationship between the muscles of the face, mouth and throat must work properly. If out of balance, myofunctional disorders occur, impacting the body as a whole. When a person swallows normally, the tip of the tongue presses firmly behind the front teeth (the roof of the mouth). The tongue acts in concert with all of the the others facial muscles involved in swallowing and the hard palate absorbs the forces created by the tongue.
Because a person swallows 500-1000 times a day, it’s easy to see how improper swallowing can cause a variety of problems. Most importantly, it is the resting position of the tongue that does the most damage because it is more constant.
Oral Myofunctional Therapy is a series of exercises to teach patient how to properly chew, swallow and use their tongue harmoniously. In short, it’s physical therapy for your mouth.
Additionally, it teaches proper tongue and oral posture when a person is at rest. Children and adults of all ages benefit from Myofunctional Therapy!
Oral Myofacial Therapy – A Breakthrough Technique to Treat Symptoms Relating to Breathing Problems, TMJ, Headaches and Other Common Ailments.
By Dr. Mercola