Myofunctional Therapy

Myofunctional therapy is an exercise training program to re-teach the oral, facial, and pharyngeal muscles to correctly perform day-to-day functions such as breathing, swallowing, chewing, and speaking. This involves creating a patient specific plan that includes exercises that will help you to create the proper muscle patterns and habits.

What are the goals of myofunctional therapy?

  • Establishing nasal breathing
  • Optimizing craniofacial growth and development
  • Re-patterning chewing and swallowing habits
  • Achieving a palatal tongue resting position
  • Eliminating parafunctional habits such as tongue-thrusting
  • Promoting a lip seal

What are the benefits of myofunctional therapy?

  • May provide relief from orofacial pain, bruxism, and TMD
  • May improve speech disorders
  • May enhance orthodontic treatment and improve malocclusions
  • May improve swallowing/digestive disorders (i.e. headaches, stomachaches, reflux, GERD)
  • May improve some oropharyngeal symptoms of sleep disordered breathing

Myofunctional Therapy is a process that takes several weeks, meeting regularly virtually to check on progress and learn new exercises.



Request Phone Call