What is Myofunctional Therapy?
Myofunctional therapy is the neuromuscular repatterining, coordination and rebalancing of the oral and facial muscles. Therapy includes facial and tongue exercises and behavior modification techniques to promote proper tongue and lip position, improved breathing, chewing, and swallowing. A Certified Orofacial Myologist is able to successfully treat an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD) to ensure that the patient’s needs are addressed and handled appropriately. Put your family’s health in experienced hands for a better, healthier lifestyle. Contact us to arrange an appointment.
Tongue thrust is the common name of orofacial muscular imbalance, a human behavioral pattern in which the tongue protrudes through the anterior incisors during swallowing, speech, and while the tongue is at rest. Learn more about tongue thrust therapy.
Digit sucking is a habit that occurs in infants. Children usually give up digit sucking by the age of four. If the child continues past the age when their permanent teeth start to erupt, they may develop crooked teeth and a malformed roof of their mouth. Learn more about digit sucking therapy.
Tongue ties restrict the tongue to the floor of the mouth making breathing, swallowing and speech more difficult. This can lead to failure to thrive In infants and OMDs in older kids and adults. Learn more about Tongue tie therapy.
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint (or TMJ), and surrounding facial muscles. Facial exercises can be a part of correcting this problem. Learn more about Temporomandibular therapy.
Patricia Brinkman-Falter, BSDH, MS, PHRDH, COM
Pat is a Board Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM) through the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM). She is a Nebraska approved provider of continuing education for Orofacial Myology and lectures at dental and medical schools and professional meetings. Pat has practiced Orofacial Myology since 2008 in Central and Eastern Nebraska and and has been a practicing dental hygienist for 35 years. Read More
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