What is Myofunctional Therapy?
According to the Breathe Institute, Myofunctional Therapy involves the use of “highly effective physical therapy exercises to improve breathing, bite, and orofacial posture.” It is a non-invasive, affordable treatment option to help train our muscles to work in the way that they were designed.
Beginning as early as infancy, normal biological functions, such as swallowing, suction, mastication, and nasal breathing, all play an essential role in future orofacial development.
And because these habits begin at such an early age, they help strengthen the muscles within the face, mouth and throat—as well as the tongue—to align in a better biting position and balance each other, which help us eat, sleep, speak, and breathe naturally.
When orofacial muscles do not develop properly, however, patients may experience a variety of oral health issues, facial distortions, and breathing difficulties that may require extensive, and often invasive, dental procedures.