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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is a specialized form of therapy that helps to improve the functioning of the mouth and face. OMT is typically used to treat tongue thrust and lisps. It focuses on developing or restoring proper functions of the lips, tongue, and jaw as they relate to speech and general oral health. Treatment includes breathing exercises, facial massage, stretching exercises for the tongue, lip postures, and other activities designed to strengthen muscles in the face and mouth. Our speech pathologists can help correct improper patterns of swallowing, speaking, or chewing and can also help alleviate other common issues such as snoring and sleep apnea. OMT is typically used in conjunction with other treatment modalities for more effective results.
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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy can offer a wide range of benefits, including improved speech and language skills, improved swallowing and eating, improved breathing, and improved overall health and well-being. Other benefits may include improved appearance of the face, improved jaw and bite alignment, and improved self-esteem.
Many people can benefit from Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, including those with speech or language disorders, those with eating or swallowing difficulties, those with breathing problems, and those with facial or jaw pain or discomfort. Orofacial Myofunctional therapy is also beneficial for people who have dental issues such as malocclusion, open bite, and tongue thrust.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy typically involves a combination of exercises and activities designed to improve the function of the muscles of the face, mouth, and jaw. These may include exercises to improve speech and language skills, exercises to improve swallowing and eating, exercises to improve breathing, and exercises to improve overall muscle tone and strength. Treatment may also include education on proper oral posture, and habits such as thumb-sucking and nail-biting.
The duration of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy can vary depending on the individual and their specific needs. Some people may see improvements after just a few sessions, while others may require several months or even longer. The therapy is typically tailored to individual needs, and progress is regularly evaluated to determine if modifications to the treatment plan are needed.
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