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Over the years, I’ve had to address my own share of oral myofunctional issues, and I’ve experienced great results, which is one of the reasons that I’m so passionate about the field of myofunctional therapy.

Something that became obvious early in the process of my own journey, and from the very beginning of my practice is that there really is a big picture approach to myofunctional therapy programs. There are no short cuts, and it’s not possible to get meaningful or lasting results by only focusing on a single piece of the puzzle.

What do I mean by that? Well, it might be easier for me to clarify by talking about posture. The first thing we’re told when it comes to improving posture is to “Stand straight and pull our shoulders back!”

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Correcting posture is complicated – it takes a structured approach.

But what if there are deeper underlying issues that could be contributing to the postural problem? Standing straight might be impossible if there is an inherent weakness in the core. What if there are actual spinal issues? And what if pulling back the shoulders just exaggerates a head-forward posture caused by excessive smartphone use What if the placement of the tongue or a tongue-tie is causing the forward head posture? You can’t just look at one part of the body – you have to look at the big picture, and see how it’s all related.

Myofunctional therapy is exactly the same. For example, you can’t only work on getting the tip of the tongue into the correct position and expect to change a tongue thrust swallowing pattern. You can’t deal with the issues caused by a tongue-tie unless the tongue-tie is properly released, and there’s no point in doing myofunctional exercises without building awareness of tongue and lip posture.

The Four Goals of Myofunctional Therapy

As I said in this article, I work with The Four Goals of Myofunctional Therapy, which are:

  1. Nasal breathing
  2. Lip seal
  3. Proper tongue posture
  4. Correct swallowing pattern

These four things are totally related, and they each have to be addressed. If even one of them is neglected, the results of the therapy will likely be poor.

To repeat what I mentioned earlier in this article, there just aren’t any short cuts.

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There aren’t any short cuts when it comes to myofunctional therapy.

I often get contacted by people who want to work on their myofunctional symptoms by themselves. They’re hoping I can give them a few exercises that will help, but sadly, I’ve found that there just isn’t an alternative to a structured treatment program. Each exercise has to build on the one that went before, and the entire program has to consider the big picture. When this happens, the results can be amazing and permanent.

I’ve tried to make myofunctional therapy more accessible and affordable, which is why I offer a wide range of myofunctional therapy programs where patients can work with me, one of my associates or one of my student therapists. I offer discounts and payment plans, as do many other myofunctional therapists, so whether you choose to work with my practice or to see another therapist, the best way to get the kind of results you want and need is to just do the therapy, and to keep the big picture in mind all the way.

I’d be happy to try to answer your questions, so please post them below, join my Myofunctional Therapy Support Group on Facebook, or contact me here to set up a free assessment.

 
 

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