Treatment for Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders
Treatment for Orofacial Myofunctional
Orofacial Myology eliminates many of the causes of swallowing abnormalities and improper rest posture of the tongue.
An Orofacial Myology program is painless and the exercises are relatively simple. When certain muscles of the face are activated and functioning properly, other muscles will follow suit until proper coordination of the tongue and facial muscles is attained.
For success in this program, consistent exercise every day is necessary until the patient has corrected their improper muscle pattern. It also takes commitment by the patient, family – and time.
Treatment usually consists of a regular program of exercises over a 6 – 12 month period, although treatment length may vary.
A properly trained myofunctional therapist is one member of the team that will successfully treat an OMD. Other allied professionals such as dentists, orthodontists, and osteopaths can ensure that the patient’s needs are addressed and handled appropriately. We feel that the patient needs to be looked at from a variety of approaches in order to be successful in treatment.