Orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) eliminates many of the causes of swallowing abnormalities and improper rest posture of the tongue. Orofacial myofunctional therapy 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 therapy, 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 period of six to 12 months, although treatment duration may vary.
The multidisciplinary approach to orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) is a key aspect of ensuring comprehensive and effective treatment for individuals with orofacial myofunctional disorders. OMT recognizes that these issues often require a collaborative effort from various healthcare professionals to address the underlying causes and provide holistic care.
A properly trained myofunctional therapist is one member of the team who 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 to be successful in treatment.
In the field of orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT), various techniques and exercises are employed to address specific issues related to improper oral functions. These techniques aim to retrain the muscles involved in chewing, swallowing, breathing, and speaking. Here are some common OMT techniques and exercises:
Myofunctional therapy can have a positive impact on patients' lives. This is how:
At our clinic, we strongly believe that everyone deserves to be educated about orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) so they can understand the impact it has on their health. We are committed to treating individuals who suffer from OMDs by providing them with specialized care tailored to their unique needs.
Our goal is not just limited to individual treatment; we strive towards increasing awareness of orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) amongst medical professionals, dental experts, as well as academic communities worldwide. Ultimately, orofacial myofunctional therapy gives patients more than just a healthy smile; it empowers them with the ability to enjoy life's simple pleasures once again.
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