Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

What are Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders?

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) are characterized by oral and facial muscle dysfunction that may interfere with normal growth and development. They affect swallowing, speech, chewing, breathing, and oral rest posture.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Speech Errors
  • Tongue and Lip Ties
  • Lisp
  • Snoring
  • Thumb Sucking
  • Pacifier Use over 12 months
  • Tongue Thrust
  • Sleep Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Picky Eating

What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?

It is a therapeutic approach that provides neuromuscular reeducation to the muscles of the orofacial complex to promote nasal breathing, adequate lip closure, proper tongue resting position, and a healthy swallowing pattern.

What are the benefits?

  • Eliminate Thumb/Digit Sucking (Two Thumbs Up Program)
  • Promote Nasal Breathing
  • Healthy Swallowing Pattern
  • Better Sleep
  • Decrease or eliminate snoring
  • Increase speech intelligibility
  • Decrease picky eating

What to expect?

A speech language will complete a comprehensive evaluation with an individualized treatment plan. Recommendations to other providers such as dentists, chiropractors, craniosacral therapists, ENTs and airway specialists may be made. OMT is often a team approach. Therapy is usually recommended weekly for up to 9 months.