Myofunctional Therapy – What Is It and Could It Help Me!

Myofunctional Therapy family eating without TMJ pain

Written by Nicci Sauve

September 6, 2022

Are you struggling with breathing or eating, or experiencing chronic facial pain? No one should have to live that way. If you are struggling with these issues, myofunctional therapy may be the solution. Our team can help retrain and strengthen your orofacial muscles to work more efficiently and help you breathe, speak, sleep, and eat more easily.

To answer your questions, we’ll look at:

  • What is myofunctional therapy?
  • Who can benefit from OMT?

No one should have to struggle to breathe at night or live with the other side effects of myofunctional disorders. Continue reading to learn more about the symptoms of these disorders and how we can help you overcome them.

What is myofunctional therapy?

This is a common question when patients first hear about the topic. The official definition of myofunctional therapy is the “neurologic re-education of the oral and facial muscles through a series of therapeutic techniques.” But what does that mean, exactly? 

In short, all it really means is that you train and strengthen the muscles of the:

  • Tongue
  • Throat 
  • Face

Myofunctional therapy is also known as orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) due to it focusing on your oral and facial muscles. It’s designed to treat orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) that affect the tongue and lips, as well as other orofacial muscles.

Who can benefit from OMT?

Most people can benefit from treatment. However, it’s not for everyone. This distinction is very important to make when discussing it with patients.

Many people think that it’s mainly for kids, but a lot of adults can benefit from it, too. This is because myofunctional therapy focuses on nasal breathing. Breathing is the body’s main function and it will compensate in any possible way to do so. That’s how habits are formed.

So How do I know if I Need Myofunctional Therapy?

Myofunctional Therapy is highly personal kind of therapy and is difficult to know for sure with just a phone call. In order to find out if you need Myofunctional Therapy it is best to set up an appointment so that we can know for sure.

Here are some of the things that might make you a good candidate for Myofunctional Therapy:

  • Tongue Ties
  • Lip Ties
  • Tongue Thrust
  • TMJ Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Snoring
  • Difficulty Chewing
  • Neck Pain
  • Facial Pain

Myofunctional experts like Nicci play an important role in therapy. If you’re interested in OMT, you can trust that our team will let you know if you’ll actually benefit from it or not.

Call us today to find out more (206)351-6086.

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