Myofunctional therapy utilizes orofacial exercises to achieve proper lip seal, nasal breathing, tongue resting proper spot, and proper swallowing. When there is low muscle tone in facial muscles and the tongue is tethered and restricted the muscles compensate proper function and incorrect habits are formed. These habits have medical side effects that will increasingly worsen as the patient ages. Here are some to identify:
Mouth breathers have a tongue that is low position and sleep deprivation begins. Snoring, restless sleep, night terrors, sleep apnea, sleep disorder breathing, narrow flatter facial development all relate to the tongue's improper position, headaches, TMJ, orthodontic relapse, digestive issues, trouble breastfeeding, colic, neck head and shoulder pain, anxiety to name a few.
My practice encourages pre and post op care prior to any Tethered Oral Tissue release. Just like any muscle that is going to function differently for the first time due to surgical intervention, the tongue and facial muscles will function differently once it has more room to freely move. Like any muscle learning new movements for the first time need to be trained how to properly function.
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Marie McElderry BSDH
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