Myofunctional Therapy in Seattle

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Myofunctional Therapy

What is Myofunctional Therapy?

Put simply, myofunctional therapy is a program used to correct the improper function of the tongue and facial muscles. It involves strengthening of the tongue and orofacial muscles by teaching individuals how to engage the muscles in the appropriate position.

Using highly effective physical therapy exercises to improve breathing, bite, and orofacial posture.

Proper diagnosis allows for targeted and effective physical therapy exercises for oral posture retraining to promote better health with goals to improve breathing, reduce pain, and enhance the quality of life.

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Who can benefit from Myofunctional Therapy?

Myofunctional therapy may benefit those who suffer from a variety of ailments, including:

  • Headaches
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
  • Neck pain
  • Thumb sucking
  • Nail biting
  • Sleep apnea
  • Periodontal disease

Myfunctional therapy works for all ages.

Although this type of therapy works best on children and adolescents, adults also can benefit. Your body is always changing and remodeling itself—and myofunctional therapy capitalizes on the fact that your jawbones are among the most dynamic bones in the entire body. That means they’re more receptive to the forces released when performing myofunctional therapy.

Of all the treatment options available, myofunctional therapy is probably the least invasive. In many cases, all we’re talking about is performing some simple exercises for a few minutes a day. You can often do these exercises anytime and anywhere you want. Do them while you’re watching TV or while you’re cooking dinner. You can even do them while driving to work.

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Benefits of Myofunctional Therapy?

  • Improved speech
  • Reduction in teeth grinding
  • Reduced nasal obstruction
  • Reduction in sleep apnea
  • Straighten teeth
  • Better facial symmetry
  • Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea
  • Ability to move oral muscles properly
  • Increasing the tone and mobility of oral structures
  • Correct use of oral structures

A personalized approach to Myofunctional Therapy Seattle

At Oral Facial Solutions, the focus is on your overall health. We take a bio-individual approach to treatment and resolving your oral-facial concerns. Focusing on our patients as bio-individuals allows for customized treatment that encapsulates an interdisciplinary team. We do not have a cookie-cutter program. Instead, we use a highly effective, comprehensive assessment to properly format a personalized treatment plan and diagnosis. 

Oral Facial Solutions know that patient’s compliance and education are an integral part of successful treatment. We aid in patient compliance by being high-tech and providing videos, photos, and a detailed description of customized treatment exercises. Video and photo logging to follow treatment progress are available to the patient and the interdisciplinary team. 

Overall, Oral Facial Solutions makes a customized, interdisciplinary treatment plan with guidance to other health care professionals while utilizing high tech strategies. We take pride in treating our patients as individuals and guiding them to overall health. 

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