WHAT IS OROFACIAL MYOLOGY/MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY?
Orofacial Myology / Myofunctional therapy is a holistic therapy which deals only with the muscles of the face, neck, and tongue. It is the re-education or re-patterning of the oral and facial muscles. The therapy includes various facial and tongue exercise and behaviour modification techniques to promote proper tongue position, improved breathing, chewing, and swallowing.
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The practice of orofacial myology includes but is not limited to the following:
- habits such as thumb or finger sucking
- Detrimental breathing patterns (Eg. Mouth breathing, snoring)
- Swallowing patterns which may be associated with tongue thrust
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