Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy UK
Advocating for Orofacial Myology in the prevention and treatment of Oral, Dental and Airway Disease.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT also known as Orofacial Myology) is the “neuromuscular re-education or re-patterning of the orofacial muscles.” Orofacial Myology includes facial and tongue exercises and behavior modification techniques to promote proper tongue position, increase tongue and jaw range of motion, correct oral breathing, and improve breathing, chewing and swallowing.
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) are disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth. OMDs can directly and/or indirectly affect: Dental hygiene, Dental health, Orthodontic treatment stability, facial aesthetics, Orofacial skeletal growth, and development, Dental occlusion, TMJ, chewing, swallowing, breastfeeding, speech, breathing, sleep, and more.
Most OMDs originate with insufficient habitual nasal breathing or with oral breathing. The subsequent adaptation of the muscles and the oral and facial functions to a disordered breathing pattern creates many OMDs.
"Orofacial Myology is postgraduate training for Dental Care Professionals (Dental Hygienist and Therapists, Dentists, Orthodontic Therapists, Dental Nurses) and Speech and Language Therapists. In the UK these are the only healthcare professionals with the skill set, knowledge of the head and neck, and remit to train in this field and provide this specialist treatment.
Note: Dental Nurses trained in Orofacial Myology will be able to assist with the provision of the therapy only. OMD s diagnostics and treatment planning are reserved for those Orofacial Myology practitioners who have diagnostics and treatment planning of the stomatognathic system within their scope of practice.
Other Health care professionals may be able to take familiarisation training in the subject to enhance referral pathways and provide patient information." The British Society of Myofunctional therapy (BSMFT), www.bsmft.org.uk
At Myofunctional Therapy UK we work with a combination of Preventive Dental Treatments that include:
Oral Health Education
Dental Hygiene Advice
Basic Dental Assessment
Dental Sleep Medicine
We also complement our work by blending the following treatments:
CBT and NLP
We work in collaboration with Dentists, Oral Surgeons, Orthodontists, ENT's, Respiratory Consultants, GP's, Midwives, Chiropractors, Occupational Therapists, Breathing Re-educators, Sleep Physicians, Speech and Language Therapists, Nutritionist and more.
Evidence Based Practice (EBP)
Myofunctional Therapy as a Treatment Consideration (excerpt from Management of the Developing Dentition and Occulsion, page 5, paragraph 2)
Management of Temporomandibular Disorders - GP Advice Surgical Threshold Policy