What happens at an initial consultation?
The practice of orofacial myology includes evaluation and habit modification for:
- Dysfunctional orofacial habits (thumb and finger sucking, nail biting, snoring, mild sleep apnea, mouth breathing, and trichotillomania)
- Posturing problems related to the lips, tongue, jaw, body, and respiratory system
- Abnormal neuromuscular responses associated with inappropriate mastication and deglutition
- Dysfunctional breathing habits
- Hyper and hypo sensitivity of the orofacial complex
- Swallowing patterns which may be associated with malocclusions
- Facial and postural esthetics
How Popular is Orofacial myology?
As an emerging discipline, there are only 300 Orofacial Myologists in the USA. The practice of orofacial myology has its roots in speech therapy and began in the mid-1900s.
- Orofacial myology is growing and evolving as a professional service.
- A 1993 survey of speech pathologists revealed that 34% had no exposure to myofunctional disorders
- 63% had no practicum experience
- 87% felt instruction of orofacial myology was ‘inadequate’.
How can posture be affected by poor oral habits?
The most common postural dysfunction relating to dental health is forward head posture. In a forward head posture it is common to find posterior rotation of the cranium, reversal of the cervical lordosis, or protracted scapulae, increased thoracic kyphosis and decreased lumbar lordosis.
Children and adult mouth breathers unconsciously this posture to increase their airway space. As many as seventy percent (70%) of those exhibiting forward head posture will also exhibit a Class II Occlusion. Some of the symptoms found as a result of this posture are: facial pain, fatigue and spasm of the facial musculature, headaches (sub-occipital or cranio-facial). neck pain, arm pain and in some advanced cases.
I've been in speech therapy but how do I know I need more?
Do you have any of these issues?
- Inter-dentalized articulation (L, S, Z, SH, CH, J).
- Mandibular thrust (S, Z, SH, CH, J).
- Hyper or hypo-nasality.
Education consists of exercising facial and tongue muscles to achieve correct tongue position for swallowing with the molars closed and a correct tongue rest posture.
The re-education is similar for all myofunctional clients, thumb or digit- suckers, denture clients, snorers, TMJ disorders and Trichotillomania clients, in that repositioning of the tongue and the strengthening of facial and neck muscles is essential for them all.
Your office is located far away. How else can I work with you?
We do many video consultations and appointments with our clients. Whether you never come to our office or will be traveling and cannot make an appointment, we can serve you online via video. Supplies needed for therapy will be mailed to you.
What ages do you work with?
All ages! From one day old to 100+ years old. We started our work with infants and have received extensive training in working with older children and adults.