Myofunctional Therapy UK
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What is Myofunctional Therapy?
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is the “neuromuscular re-education or re-patterning of the orofacial muscles.” This therapy includes facial and tongue exercises and behavior modification techniques to promote proper tongue position, improved breathing, chewing, and swallowing.
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) are disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth. OMDs can affect, directly and/or indirectly, breastfeeding, facial skeletal growth, and development, chewing, swallowing, speech, occlusion, TMJ movement, breathing, sleep, dental hygiene and dental health, the stability of orthodontic treatment, facial aesthetics, 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.
OMDs can impact treatments by orthodontists, dentists, dental hygienists, speech-language therapist and other professionals working in the orofacial area.
At Myofunctional Therapy UK we work with a combination of therapies and treatments that may include:
Myofunctional Therapy (MFT)
TMJ release therapy
Buteyko Breathing re-education
Acupuncture for TMJ, head and neck