What does Myofunctional therapy do? Neuromuscular re-education or re-patterning of the oral and facial muscles. Exercises engaging face and tongue, behavior modification that promotes proper tongue position, improved breathing, chewing, and swallowing. Many clients seek therapy due to teeth shifting (crowding, gaps, uneven), tongue tied, chronic allergies, breathing conditions, digestive concerns, thumb sucking, speech, headaches, jaw pain, neck/shoulder pain, grinding, clenching, daytime fatigue, flatter facial features, periodontal disease, to name a few. Click here for more reasons need myofunctional therapy. Everyone has individual concerns for seeking out myofunctional therapy. Each treatment plan is uniquely created based on each client. Best results are achieved when there is full commitment from the client. Multidisciplinary approach is also utilized in my programs. Seeking providers that best fit my clients needs to have best success is key!
If you are seeking myofunctional therapy ask yourself these questions, if you answer yes to any you should be evaluated for myofunctional therapy.
1)___ Have you ever had a thumb or finger sucking habit?
2)___ Have you ever had allergies or food sensitivities?
3)___ Do you notice that you occasionally have your mouth open at rest? (noticeable when concentrating, relaxed, reading etc.)
4)___ Have you ever had troubles with speech or been to speech therapy? (S and R)
5)___ Have you ever been told you maybe tongue-tied?
6)___ Did you have any difficulties feeding as an infant?
7)___Have you experienced any issues with digestion? (stomach aches, burping, gas, acid reflex, etc.)
8)___ Do you have a hyper-active gag reflex?
9)___ Do you have difficulty swallowing pills?
10)___ Does it ever feel difficult to breathe and eat and chew food at the same time?
11)___ Have you experienced any breathing issues or difficulties? (chronic congestion, asthma, snoring, stuffy nose etc.)
12)___ Have you had your tonsils removed or have you been told the tonsils are enlarged?
13)___ Do you notice you tend to breathe through mouth more often than your nose?
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