Our body manages to function “normally” and we don’t even know or realize our body is working extra hard compensating so we can get by. Until we manifest signs that our bodies need to get adjusted, manipulated, surgical involvement, nutritional change do we realize we weren’t functioning properly all this time. Did I lose you yet? Hope not, because this is where it gets good!
Have you had braces? Snore? Speech therapy or have a lisp? Digestive issues? Dental concerns with your bite? Headaches? TMJ pain? Grinding? Clenching? Wet the bed until 8 or 9 or older? Choke easy on food or hard time chewing and breathing? Over 20 years in the dental field NEVER did I connect the dots, I don’t expect you too either. Until it becomes personal, then we want answers.
Mouth breathing, dry lips, snoring, tongue resting low in mouth all are indicators the muscles around the face and mouth are hypotonic or low muscle tone. Research over the years identifies improvement using exercises to increase muscle tone. Optimal results are shown when myofunctional therapy is used in conjunction with other disciplines such as, orthodontics or sleep medicine.
Myofunctional therapy is reeducating the muscles of the face and tongue to function properly. The exercises build on each session, focusing on basic movements and increasingly challenging over therapy.
Currently I offer a FREE 30-minute assessment to see if Myofunctional therapy can benefit you and your needs. Contact me today to set up your FREE time!
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Pediatric obstructive sleep apnea and the critical role of oral-facial growth: evidences Yu-Shu Huang1 and Christian Guilleminault2*1Department of Child Psychiatry and Sleep Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and University, Taiwan, China2Sleep Medicine Division, Stanford University, Redwood City, CA, USA