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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is the training of the muscles

of the face and mouth,

to ensure harmony in the function

of the head and neck.

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MOVE

   Many have learned to improperly utilize their cheek, jaw, and neck muscles when resting, chewing and swallowing and don't realize the profound effect that it has on their whole body.  When muscles do not work properly, other muscles compensate for those movements. Through the extended misuse of these muscles,  the tongue's strength and mobility diminishes. To correct this deficiency, compensatory behaviors need to be identified.  

  At Mountain Myology, we teach individuals how to strengthen the improperly used muscles and prepare them for natural functions by dissociating muscles.  We work on strength, coordination, and make sure that it is a habit for a lifetime.

 

BREATHE

   Many people are breathing with their mouths open, and this is problematic because it doesn't allow their mid-face to grow forward.  You might have heard that the roof of the mouth is the floor of the sinus.  Well, when a low postured tongue or a finger/thumb is present in the mouth, it actually reshapes the roof of the mouth and takes away precious room in the sinuses and airway space.  For all ages, this results in smaller mouths with crowded teeth which means - a smaller airway.

   Myofunctional Therapy establishes lip seal- nasal breathing which sterilizes, filters, warms, gathers dust and humidifies the air.  Breathing re-education can increase the uptake and delivery of oxygen to cells, improve sleep, unblock the nose, and calm the mind.  

SLEEP

   If you can't breathe well,  you can't sleep well.  Like previously stated, with a smaller jaw and limited tongue space, the weaker tongue can not rest on the roof of the mouth.  This is problematic because it often times falls into the narrowed throat.  Our throats are similar to a paper straw and can easily collapse.  A forward growth pattern and proper use of the oral and facial muscles will help support an open airway during sleep.

   Myofunctional Therapy rehabilitates the musculature that supports an open airway for this deep restful sleep.  Via nasal breathing, our nervous system switches from fight or flight to rest and digest.  This allows for improved sleep and better overall health and wellness.

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"Symptoms are not enemies to be destroyed, but sacred messengers who encourage us to take better care of ourselves."  

  • Mouth Breathing

  • Tongue Thrust

  • Tongue Tie

  • Headaches

  • GERD/Stomach Distress

  • Neck, Jaw, or Facial Pain

  • Snoring/ Sleep Disturbances

  • Poor Body Posture

  • Thumb or Finger Sucking

  • Anxiety

  • Chronic Allergies

  • Bed Wetting (Enuresis)

  • ADHD

  • Crowded Teeth

  • Narrow Arches/Palate

  • Flared Teeth

  • Improper Facial Development

  • Orthodontic Relapse

  • Long Face

  • Forward Head Posture

  • Short Upper Lip

  • Developmental Delays from Low Muscle Tone

Do you or a loved one have any of the following symptoms?

***Please note that orofacial myology is not a treatment or a cure for any of the above conditions.  It is only indicated as a treatment for improper oral resting posture which is in most cases is a causing factor for most of above. ***

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