What is Myofunctional therapy?
Therapy helps to strengthen the improperly used muscles of the cheeks, lips, and tongue. We work to make the muscles work properly together so that they are balanced. Muscle imbalance of the facial muscles can result in problems including jaw pain, poor digestion, nasal congestion, lisps, chronic ear infections, headaches, poor posture, and more.
Myofunctional therapy targets eating, drinking, breathing, and sleeping better. The four main goals of therapy are:
1. Nasal Breathing
2. Tongue in proper resting position
3. Mouth closed and lips sealed
4. Proper swallowing
Children that have oral habits including thumb sucking or nail biting benefit from the help of myofunctional therapists to eliminate these habits. Children typically start this type of therapy beginning around age 7.