from newborn up to 2 years old
from 2 years up to 18 years old
Myofunctional Therapy Services for Adults and Children over 2 years old
For people suffering from issues such as mouth breathing, sleep disordered breathing (SDB), sleep apnoea, TMJ issues, eating and swallowing difficulties, tongue thrust, bite issues, thumb sucking and reflux issues.
Infant Orofacial Services
Includes a preventive screening assessment and a tailor-made Infant OroBlend© program that utilizes primitive reflexes and sensory systems as a base. It also includes a specifically blended sequence of techniques with paediatric craniosacral therapy (CST), cranial osteopathy techniques, infant clinical massotherapy and intra-oral and extra-oral gentle facial release techniques.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT also known as Orofacial Myology) is a specialized treatment for children over 2 years old, adolescents, and adults. It is a “neuromuscular re-education or re-patterning of the orofacial muscles” that helps treat orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs).
The broad goals of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy are to achieve:
▪︎ Nasal breathing (day and night)
▪︎ Lips together at rest (day and night)
▪︎ Correct tongue posture at rest (tounge to the roof of the mouth)
▪︎ Correct Swallowing
The therapy includes facial and tongue exercises and behaviour modification techniques to achive the four goals.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy has been used for decades to repattern and change the function of the oral and facial muscles and to eliminate poor oral habits, such as prolonged thumbsucking and nail-biting, tongue thrusting, open mouth at rest posture, incorrect mastication and poor oral rest postures of the tongue and lips.
Physicians, dentists, and orthodontists have also used myofunctional therapy as an adjunctive non-invasive treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD).
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders can directly and/or indirectly affect:
🚩Sleep 🚩Breathing 🚩Chewing 🚩Swallowing 🚩Speech 🚩Breastfeeding 🚩TMJ 🚩Facial Aesthetics 🚩Orofacial skeletal growth and development 🚩Dental occlusion 🚩Dental health 🚩Orthodontic treatment stability and more.
Most OMDs originate with insufficient habitual nasal breathing or oral breathing.
The subsequent adaptation of the muscles and the oral and facial functions to a disordered breathing pattern creates many OMDs.
At Myofunctional Therapy UK, we work in close collaboration with:
▪︎ ENTs ⇲
▪︎ Dentists ⇲
▪︎ Allergy and Immunology Doctors ⇲
▪︎ GP's ⇲
▪︎ Sleep Physicians ⇲
▪︎ Midwives ⇲
▪︎ Breathing Practitioners ⇲
"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."
The British Society of Myofunctional Therapy (BSMFT), www.bsmft.org.uk
Evidence Based Practice (EBP)
"Myofunctional therapy decreases apnea-hypopnea index by approximately 50% in adults and 62% in children."
Amelioration of mouth breathing (78.4%), snoring (72.9%), clenching (91.0%), and
myofascial tension (77.5%).
"Treatment considerations: "Habit treatment modalities include patient/parent counseling, behavior modification techniques, myofunctional therapy, appliance therapy (extraoral and intraoral), or referral to other providers..."