Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

  • Author: Dr. Liliana Calkins

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

“Myo” is the medical prefix that stands for muscle. Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy involves identifying and eliminating the harmful habits or disorders that involve the muscles of the tongue, cheek, lips and the position of the jaw. Because of the powerful force exerted by the tongue, the improper and repetitive movements of thumb-sucking or finger sucking contributes to deformation of mouth structure. Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy corrects the oral posture of the muscles of the face and can be used to correct the behavior patterns caused by finger-sucking of thumb-sucking.

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy consists of an individualized regular program of exercises to help the patient retrain these adaptive patterns of muscle function, and to create and maintain a healthy orofacial environment.

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