My Myo Matters

What is orofacial myology therapy?

It’s all about the facial muscles.

The clue is in the name: orofacial is the face and mouth region; myology is focused on how muscles work.


Orofacial myology therapy (OMT) is an individualised program designed to correct or strengthen facial muscles to assist with orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD) that impact dental, breathing, sleep, talking, eating or the growth and development of the face.  


By targeting four main areas: nasal breathing, lip sealing, tongue posture and swallow pattern, OMT therapists can help you develop better facial muscle function to prevent and correct a range of OMDs which can originate through bad habits (such as thumb sucking or mouth breathing), dental issues, chronic pain or speech issues.


OMT can also help in the preparation and rehabilitation of tongue and lip  tie surgery, and pre- and post-orthodontic treatment. 


By taking a multidisciplinary approach, an OMT therapist will make a comprehensive assessment of the disorder and give you a series of non-invasive exercises that over time retrain and strengthen neck, facial and mouth muscles so that they coordinate effectively to correct the disorder.

How does it work?

It’s off to the mouth and face gym!

OMT works by targeting and retraining four main areas;

Tongue position

Lip seal

Nasal breathing

Swallow pattern

Your OMT will provide a series of daily exercises to retrain and strengthen your facial muscles and tongue. Each case is individual and could involve exercises as diverse (and fun!) as tug of war with buttons, blowing air around your mouth, clicking your tongue or contorting your tongue into various shapes.

 

 

Treatment times vary, but typically involve twice daily exercises for a period of 24 week and 12 fortnightly appointments. 

 

 

There are lots of exercises that will raise facial and oral muscle awareness and help you achieve greater control over your facial muscles, the correct resting position of the tongue, breathing through the nose, lip seal and correct swallow pattern. 

 

 

The goal is to get all the muscles in the face, neck and mouth working together so that over time you could be enjoying better sleep, breathing, eating, talking and dental outcomes.

When should I see an orofacial myologist?

Patients present for a variety of OMDs and could include (but not limited to);

Who is it for?

It’s for anyone from age four years and older with a nose, tongue and lips. We’ll help with the rest!

 

OMT patients range from kids who need to give up the habit of thumb sucking, patients who need pre or post-surgical tongue tie rehabilitation, anyone who has trouble sleeping, eating or chewing, and dental patients who benefit from strengthening the structure of their face and jaw for orthodontic stability.

 

And everyone in between.

 

If you are having trouble with sleep, eating and swallowing, breathing, dental or orthodontics, book in for a comprehensive assessment with me.