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Orofacial Myofunctional Exercises

for ages 6+

Nasal Breathing Preference
(day, night, & during
physical activities)

Lips Naturally Closed
(At rest and while asleep)

Our Competencies

Tongue Resting Fully
on the Palate

(tip, middle, and back)

Functional Swallow
(tongue compresses upward, no facial movement, back of tongue pumps against soft palate)

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Orofacial Myology is the practice of identifying dysfunctions in the orofacial complex, the muscles of the tongue, lips, cheeks and throat.

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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 STRUCTUREFUNCTION 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. 

 

Adorable Toddler

OM Improves Breathing & Sleep

Father and Son Taking a Nap

 Recent studies have shown that OM can provide support for individuals with temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Three Phases

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 ​

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