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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy 101

You’ve Got Questions - I’ve Got Answers

What is an OMD?

What are some common symptoms of OMDs?

Am I a candidate for

Myofunctional Therapy?

An Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD) refers to the abnormal development of oral and facial musculature and bone structures. These disorders are demonstrated by abnormal resting tongue and lip posture, abnormal chewing and swallowing patterns, dental malocclusions, blocked nasal airways, and possible speech problems. 

Proper oromyofacial development requires the tongue to rest at the top of the mouth with the lips closed while breathing through the nose. Without this tongue placement, facial muscles and structures do not develop appropriately. This can lead to mouth breathing, the tongue thrusting forward when swallowing or speaking, abnormal jaw development, an elongated face, a compromised airway, and many other unhealthy conditions.

  • Poor sleep/ chronic fatigue

  • Brain fog

  • Acid reflux (heartburn) or gas

  • Jaw clenching and grinding

  • TMJ pain

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Irritability

  • Mouth breathing

  • Snoring

  • Sleep apnea

  • Poor posture

  • Neck and back pain

  • Frequent upper respiratory infections

  • Chronic seasonal allergies

  • Dental decay or gum disease

  • Bed wetting

  • ADHD Symptoms

  • Teeth movement after braces

  • Facial asymmetry 

Great question! Many adults and children are candidates for orofacial myofunctional therapy. The goal of therapy is to retrain your muscles and adjust your habits to restore proper oral rest posture. If you are searching for relief from any of the symptoms mentioned, or if you want to see if Myofunctional Therapy can help you or someone you know, schedule a consultation. Reveal Myo Therapy provides services 100% online. You can receive an evaluation and complete a myofunctional therapy program from the comfort of your home anywhere in the world.

I approach health holistically and want to ensure that you get the personalized care you need. My goal is to work with a team to identify and correct the cause of your symptoms. Common team members include dentists, ENTs, speech language pathologists, orthodontists, physical therapists, body workers, and other health-centered providers as needed to produce optimal results, health and quality of life.

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