What is Orofacial Myology?
Orofacial Myologists evaluate and treat patients with many orofacial dysfunctions or anomalies, by correcting poor muscle function of the lips, tongue, face, and neck. The goal of Orofacial Myology is to assist in the creation, restoration and maintenance of a normal musculature environment.
Orofacial myofunctional therapy may be recommended for a variety of functional or cosmetic reasons. The therapy program is designed to retrain muscular function and to aid in the creation and maintenance of a healthy, adaptive orofacial environment. It can also help in the retention of the dental and /or orthodontic treatment, enhance one’s appearance and can help maintain optimum dental health for a lifetime of benefits.
Orofacial myology is a therapy which deals with changing behaviour and muscle function. Habits are formed over a lifetime. The Therapy consists of exercises performed for 5 minutes, 2-3 times a day. All muscles respond better to regular and consistent exercise. Appointments are scheduled every 2 weeks where a proficiency assessment is completed. With cooperation and commitment, a typical course of treatment takes approximately 8 visits for children. A longer course of treatment can be required for adults depending on their symptoms and conditions.
Orofacial Myology Programs available:
- Tongue Thrust (deviated swallow pattern)
- Thumb, finger and dummy sucking
- Biting habits, nails, lips cheeks
- Open lip/ mouth rest position (incompetent lips) – mouth breathing Tongue-tie (frenum)
- Aid in the reduction and eliminate symptoms of Clenching and Grinding Teeth (bruxism temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD)
- Retrain the muscles of the tongue for correct swallowing habits (prevention of orthodontic relapse)
- Correct improper mastication and improve digestion of food bolus and water consumption
- Improve rest posture of the tongue, lips, head, jaw, and neck
Tracy has extensive training with the Australian Academy of Orofacial Myology with her clinical expertise and a passion for education to her role as an Orofacial Myologist. With more than 20 years of relevant industry experience, she works directly with health professionals such as ENT specialists, sleep specialists, allergy specialists, dentists, and orthodontists to deliver Orofacial Myology that is informed by current literature on appropriate treatment delivery and outcomes.