Orofacial Myofunctional
Functional Tongue
Therapy Easy to Swallow
About Us

           Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share with you the treatment of swallowing and breathing disorders, which affect your entire body's health.
           The interdisciplinary approach to patient wellness is important because the teeth, the bones and the muscles must work in harmony to attain occlusal stability. Myofunctional therapy, also called orofacial myofunctional therapy, is the neuro-muscular re-education or re-patterning of the oral and facial muscles. It includes muscle exercises, which create a normal freeway space dimension. Therapists are trained to eliminate negative oral habits through behavior modification techniques and promote positive growth patterns. We train people to breathe through their noses if their airways are not compromised. If the oral breathing is an acquired habit, we teach people how to properly position their tongue at rest. We teach how to chew and swallow correctly. We emphasize the importance of proper head and neck posture patterns. Here is an interview with Dr. Mercola, explaining what benifits therapists can provide.
           The body is a marvelous and complex structure made up of tissue, muscles, bones, and chemicals, which all need to work together in harmony. Through Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, which I believe is the critical missing link to complete patient care, a better quality of life can be attained.
Lower tongue rest position may be associated with an overwhelming number of problems:
  • Improper facial development
  • Crooked teeth or orthodontic relapse
  • Headaches
  • TMJD (jaw joint) pain
  • Forward head posture
  • Digestive disorders such as acid reflex or stomach aches from air swallowing
  • Sleep and breathing disorders (ex. Sleep Apnea)
  • Oral lesion from tongue irritation
  • Gum disease
  • Psychological problems
  • Failure to thrive and other child development problems
  • Middle ear drainage issues
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth
  • Drooling
The goals are:
  • Promoting a lip seal
  • Promoting a palatal tongue rest position
  • Promoting a posterior, tooth together swallow
  • Facilitating bi-lateral chewing and correct drinking
  • Keeping hands and objectives away from the face
  • Facilitating nasal breathing to have sufficient Nitric Oxide (helps the body relax blood vessels, increasing circulation and enhancing oxygen delivery)
  • Developing a harmonious peri-oral muscle pattern
  • Correcting dysfunctional habit patterns

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