Orofacial Myofunctional Exercises
for ages 6+
Nasal Breathing Preference
(day, night, & during
Lips Naturally Closed
(At rest and while asleep)
Tongue Resting Fully
on the Palate
(tip, middle, and back)
(tongue compresses upward, no facial movement, back of tongue pumps against soft palate)
Orofacial Myology is the practice of identifying dysfunctions in the orofacial complex, the muscles of the tongue, lips, cheeks and throat.
When the muscles of the face are not functioning properly, they lead to compensatory movements and contribute to airway and breathing issues, gum disease, early tooth loss and breakdown, relapse of orthodontic treatment and much more. Early detection of tethered oral tissues (TOTs or "tongue ties") can aid in the prevention and development of orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD's).
Airway-Focused Health Targets STRUCTURE, FUNCTION and BEHAVIOR
Orofacial Myofunctional Exercises provide neuromuscular re-education to promote better FUNCTION.
That means we are restoring normal muscle patterns through exercises that create movement, balance, coordination, kinesthetic sense and proprioception. Proper tongue resting posture supports good function of the facial muscles, an open airway, a healthy jaw and good body posture.
OM Improves Breathing & Sleep
Intensive - Weekly Visits (about 8-11 visits)
This phase preps you for a "Tongue Tie Release" and provides post rehabilitation
Generalization - Biweekly Visits (about 4 -6 visits)
This phase helps incorporate the new things you learn into everyday activities
Habituation- Monthly or Bimonthly Visits (about 2-4 visits)
This phase ensures that your new habits become unconscious and automatic