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Symptoms

Orofacial Myofunctional Balance offers an experience similar to physical therapy. Utilizing exercise and
stretching techniques, I can evaluate and help you eliminate improper muscle functions and manage anatomical
structure problems in the mouth, tongue, and airway. OMT (orofacial myofunctional therapy) correct genetics and
habits that develop into functional disorders.

 

 

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can occur because of physical, psychological, and/or genetic factors. Bruxism runs in families, is common in young children, and those who are competitive, hyperactive, or have an aggressive personality type. It may occur when you are awake, or when you are sleeping, or both. It is associated with many of the complications that can be corrected through myofunctional therapy to relax and retrain the muscles associated with teeth grinding and clenching, but if left untreated, it can cause permanent damage to your teeth, headaches, face, and jaw pain/TMJ.

Teeth Grinding
Snoring

Snoring / Sleep Apnea

This therapy will help to widen the airway to improve the amount of oxygen within the brain and body during sleep. It also can help patients with snoring and/or sleep apnea concerns. When sleep is constantly interrupted due to Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) or Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). By strengthening the associated muscles, proper breathing patterns are reinforced during sleep. Therapy is non-invasive, inexpensive, and often a much-preferred alternative to other sleep apnea treatments.

Tongue Tied / Tongue Thrusting

A tongue-tie restricts tongue movement. It is caused by a short, thick band of tissue under the tongue (frenum). It is present from birth but is usually not diagnosed until adulthood. This abnormality can cause articulation problems in speech, improper swallowing that can lead to digestive issues, fussiness in infants, and texture issues associated with foods. Additional symptoms can be mouth breathing, congestion, jaw issues, neck or shoulder pain, acid reflux, severe gag reflex, gas, poor weight gain, irregular sleep patterns, snoring, or noisy breathing.

Tongue Tied
Finger Sucking

Finger/ Thumb Sucking

Babies have sucking reflexes that will cause them to put a thumb or fingers into their mouths, sometimes this sucking happens even before they are born! This sucking should stop sometime around the age of 2. Past that age, there could be a negative impact on speech and feeding skills. Tongue thrust swallowing patterns and a frontal lisp can also occur, along with an open bite which may cause biting, chewing, and speech problems. An abnormal tongue resting posture and weakening may manifest if treatment is not obtained.

Mouth breathing / Nasal Congestion or Allergies

The underlying cause of most mouth breathing is an obstructed airway. Although mouth breathing and nasal congestion may seem like minor inconveniences, studies now show that how we take in the air affects the position of our teeth and jaw, the facial development of children, how we talk, and the quality of our sleep. Many children who exhibit a mouth-open posture are diagnosed with ADHA and have lowered immunities. Myofunctional training can help eliminate this habit and/or treat muscular and skeletal issues that cause mouth breathing and chronic congestion.

Nasal Congestion
Speech Impairment

Speech Impairments

As we speak, we require proper inhalation and exhalation of breath to produce sounds. Additionally, the deeper we breathe, the more force and volume we can obtain to project our voice. To speak clearly, you have to move air through the upper airways and vocal cords. If breathing is obstructed, it only makes sense that speech and articulation can suffer. Shortness of breath can also affect our speech cadence. Proper speech and proper breathing go hand-in-hand. Myofunctional therapy allows for improved function of both the muscles and the structure of the nose, mouth, and throat to produce crisp, clear speech.

Digestive Issues

The respiratory and digestive systems work together. It might not seem intuitive that breathing helps with digestion, but shallow breaths mean less oxygen to the blood, increasing the heart rate and muscle tension. When the muscles are tense, food cannot move freely into the digestive tract and without proper oxygen, the digestive tract cannot function properly. Indigestion, heartburn, constipation, etc. Additionally, it’s a vicious circle … digestive issues can cause acid reflux that can damage your throat’s lining and also erode tooth enamel. An undiagnosed tongue-tie can also lead to swallowing problems that can trigger digestive distress. Myofunctional therapy can help open up airways promoting better breathing for increased digestion efficiency.

Digestive Issues
TMJ

TMJ

If you have pain or a “clicking” sound in your jaw, You may be experiencing TMJ. TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) is the name for each joint (right and left) that connects your jaw to your skull. These symptoms occur when the joints of the jaw and the chewing muscles (muscles of mastication) do not work together correctly. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important. One of the most common causes of this disease is trauma, but it can also manifest due to clenching and/or grinding of the teeth. Pain may occur in muscles of the head and neck area, damage may occur in the joint or teeth if TMJ is left untreated.