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What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)?

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is the neurologic re-education of the oral and facial muscles. This systematic treatment of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) utilizes a range of physical therapy exercises designed to enhance breathing, chewing, oral preparatory phase of swallowing, and facial posture, by focusing on the soft tissues of the face, neck, and mouth.

What is an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD)?

OMDs are conditions in which an improper position of the lips, jaw, or tongue, affects the development and function of the orofacial structures. OMDs can lead to difficulties with breastfeeding, chewing, swallowing, and speaking, as well as negatively affect jaw movement, oral hygiene, facial appearance, and sleep. OMDs can affect people of any age.

How does Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) Work?

The therapy focuses on training the soft tissues of the face, neck, and mouth to achieve optimal tongue position and oral rest posture.

The therapy typically involves a combination of exercises and activities that target the muscles and structures involved in biting, chewing, swallowing, speaking, and breathing. These exercises are designed to retrain the muscles, improve oral posture, and correct harmful oral habits such as mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, and teeth grinding. We work cooperatively with other professionals including dentists, orthodontists, ENTs, TMJ specialists, speech therapists, and body work practitioners, to help you achieve optimal results.

The treatment plan for orofacial myofunctional therapy is customized to each individual based on their needs and symptoms. Contact Breathworks Myofunctional Therapy for a FREE 30-minute screening.

Think you may have an OMD? Let us help you!

The first step is a complimentary 30-minute screening session. Breathworks Myofunctional Therapy’s free screening will serve as an opportunity for us to get acquainted via phone or tele-therapy (virtual visit using apps similar to Zoom or Facetime). We’ll discuss the issues you’re experiencing, explain how we may be able to help, and determine together if Breathworks Myofunctional Therapy it is a good fit for you.