WHAT SYMPTOMS DOES MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY ADDRESS?

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YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO LEARN THE MANY SYMPTOMS THAT MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY CAN ADDRESS.

Myofunctional therapy is a unique and effective approach that focuses on improving the function and strength of oral muscles to bring about positive changes in various aspects of health.

From reducing apneas, hypopneas, and orthodontic relapse to alleviating jaw pain and chronic headaches, this therapy offers a comprehensive solution to many common issues.

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MOUTH BREATHING

Mouth breathing can lead to various issues, such as dry mouth, bad breath, and increased susceptibility to infections. Myofunctional therapy addresses the underlying causes of mouth breathing, such as improper tongue posture and weak oral muscles. By strengthening the oral muscles and encouraging proper nasal breathing, myofunctional therapy can help individuals transition from mouth breathing to healthier nasal breathing, promoting optimal respiratory function and overall well-being.

ORTHODONTIC RELAPSE

After orthodontic treatment, some individuals may experience orthodontic relapse, where their teeth start shifting back to their original positions. Myofunctional therapy can help prevent this relapse by correcting oral muscle imbalances that contribute to teeth misalignment. By encouraging proper tongue posture and swallowing techniques, myofunctional therapy supports the stability of orthodontic corrections, ensuring a lasting and beautiful smile.

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FATIGUE

Fatigue can be linked to inefficient oral muscle function and improper swallowing habits. Myofunctional therapy focuses on strengthening the oral muscles, which can improve swallowing efficiency and reduce unnecessary muscle fatigue. As a result, individuals often experience increased energy levels and reduced fatigue in their daily lives.

 

JAW PAIN

Jaw pain and discomfort, often associated with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, can be alleviated through myofunctional therapy. By targeting muscle imbalances in the jaw and facial region, myofunctional exercises promote proper jaw alignment and reduce strain on the TMJ, leading to reduced pain and improved jaw function.

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TOXIC ORAL HABITS

Harmful oral habits, such as thumb sucking, nail biting, and cheek biting, can have adverse effects on oral development. Myofunctional therapy can be instrumental in breaking these habits by fostering awareness and providing exercises that discourage these behaviors. By replacing toxic habits with healthier oral functions, myofunctional therapy aids in promoting proper oral growth and development.

TONGUE THRUST

Tongue thrusting, where the tongue pushes against the teeth during swallowing, can lead to dental misalignment and speech difficulties. Myofunctional therapy addresses tongue thrusting patterns, guiding individuals to adopt correct swallowing techniques and promoting proper tongue posture. This helps prevent dental issues and enhances digestion.

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CHRONIC HEADACHES

Chronic headaches often result from muscle tension and imbalances in the head, neck, and jaw region. Myofunctional therapy works to reduce muscle tension through targeted exercises that promote relaxation and improved posture. By addressing the root cause of tension headaches, myofunctional therapy can provide lasting relief.

GRINDING

Teeth grinding (bruxism) can cause dental damage and jaw pain. Myofunctional therapy aims to minimize teeth grinding by correcting oral muscle imbalances and promoting relaxed jaw muscles. With improved muscle function, individuals can experience a reduction in grinding-related issues.

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SWALLOWING DIFFICULTY

Difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia) can be caused by weak oral muscles and improper swallowing patterns. Myofunctional therapy targets these concerns, helping individuals develop more efficient and coordinated swallowing techniques. This can lead to improved swallowing function and reduced discomfort during eating and drinking.

SLEEP APNEA & SNORING

Sleep apnea and snoring are often linked to compromised airway function during sleep. Myofunctional therapy strengthens the oral muscles, including those involved in maintaining proper airway patency. By enhancing airway support, myofunctional therapy can be beneficial in reducing sleep apnea severity and decreasing snoring.

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TONGUE-TIE

A tongue-tie, also known as ankyloglossia, can affect tongue mobility and function, leading to challenges with feeding, speech, and oral muscle development. Myofunctional therapy can be used as a conservative treatment to improve tongue mobility and promote optimal oral function, complementing other interventions for tongue-tie.

SPEECH PROBLEMS

Because myofunctional therapy is a foundational therapy, clients often notice improved articulation and clearer speech. 

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DIGESTIVE ISSUES

Efficient chewing and swallowing are essential for proper digestion. Myofunctional therapy emphasizes these processes, helping individuals develop better chewing habits and coordinated swallowing techniques. By supporting optimal digestion, myofunctional therapy can reduce gastrointestinal discomfort.

POOR POSTURE

Oral muscle imbalances can contribute to poor posture, affecting the neck, shoulders, and upper back. Myofunctional therapy focuses on correcting these imbalances, promoting better alignment of the head and neck. Improved oral muscle function can have a positive ripple effect on overall posture and musculoskeletal health.

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CHRONIC TENSION

Chronic tension in the facial, neck, and shoulder muscles may be connected to improper oral muscle function. Myofunctional therapy aims to reduce this tension by providing exercises that promote relaxation and proper muscle coordination. As a result, individuals often experience relief from chronic tension and muscle discomfort.

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