How to correct Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders by re-educating facial and oral muscles with simple exercises. Patients often want to know, “does swallowing and tongue placement during rest really matter”? The answer is absolutely!
Right from birth, the tongue plays a major role in feeding, speech development and facial and cranial growth. Correct tongue placement naturally expands the palate of an infant. Did you know the average person swallows 700 to 1000 times a day? The act of proper swallowing requires the muscles and nerves in your tongue, throat and cheeks to work together in harmony.
Correct tongue posture will promote:
Correct swallowing will promote:
OMD is more common in children but it is also seen in adults
Symptoms of OMD may include:
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) can help eliminate swallowing abnormalities and improper resting posture of the tongue.
OMT includes behavior modification, mouth, face and tongue exercises and treatment to facilitate proper feeding, swallowing and tongue rest posture. OMD treatments not only boost functional eating, drinking, proper tongue rest posture and swallowing, but can also re-train facial muscles. Recent studies have also shown that OMT can provide support for patients with sleep disorders, TMJ and speech impediments.
The therapy is painless, and the exercises are straightforward and 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.
Southwest Myofascial Therapy in Albuquerque, NM will recommend treatment based on specific findings.
If you would like to schedule an OMD evaluation for yourself or your child, or if you would like to learn more about treatments, contact Sandraluz at 505-218-6565.
She looks forward to restoring your oral health and comfort, and she is always there to answer your questions.