What is it?
Myofunctional therapy refers to an exercise regimen of the facial musculature in order to treat Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs).
According to the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT), OMDs are defined as “disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth. OMDs may affect, directly and/or indirectly, breastfeeding, facial skeletal growth and development, chewing, swallowing, speech, occlusion, temporomandibular joint movement, oral hygiene, stability of orthodontic treatment, facial esthetics, and more.”
As previously mentioned, the premier approach to treating OMDs is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, or OMT. OMT can help with underlying comorbidities such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Temporomandibular disorders. A Myofunctional Therapist can help you by creating a specialized treatment plan suited to your specific needs. Every regimen is different and must be tailored to an individual, and having an expert guide is crucial to long-term success.
Exercises are done with and without props, which are provided free-of-charge by Happy Myo after the initial assessment. The treatment is not magic- it requires consistent practice and checkins with your myofunctional therapist. The results of following the treatment plan, however, certainly feel like magic. Without the use of drugs or surgery, you will have marked improvements in the function of your orofacial musculature.
I have written more details on the following blog post for those who are looking for a more granular explanation of OMT: Myofunctional Therapy: An Addendum
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A variety of OMT exercises involve physical props that allow you to focus on the correct muscles. In addition to ample 1:1 coaching, frequent checkins and the ability to ask me any questions, I also include these exercise tools free of charge with my program. More information about what an assessment and treatment plan looks like can be found at An Assessment with Julia
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