There is way more than genetics that dictate our health. Our environment, habits, lifestyle and stress levels will effect how we live in this world and how we raise our children. And our habits become theirs.
So make sure your habits are functional and healing so theirs will be too!
What is Myofunctional Therapy?
Myofunctional therapy is like physical therapy for your face. It involves daily exercises that help promote optimal growth patterns in children, or re-training and re-educating adult facial muscles to activate properly. The goals are to get you nasal breathing day and night, maintain proper tongue position and lip seal at rest, and to initiate the proper swallowing pattern.
It has the potential to prevent future decline in health, reduce pain, and improve your energy, appearance and family life by impacting your sleep, stress levels and mood.
Why is it so Important?
* Many orthodontists will not apply braces without integration of myofunctional therapy (because if you move the teeth, but your tongue and cheeks put the same old patterns/forces against them- they will move back)
* Many periodontists will not place implants without myofunctional therapy (because improper forces may complicate success of the implant)
* And, most important– any surgeon or specialist should never do a tongue tie release without myofunctyional therapy (we must strengthen the tongue and build endurance, otherwise it could scar improperly and reattach)
We cannot live without Breath or Digestion.
They should be the first place we begin with health.
If you have the following symptoms, you likely have dysfunction in the foundation of life.
Fix the dysfunction:
Look, Feel, Think & Perform Better!
* Snoring and/or Mouth breathing
* Aversion to food, Reflux
* Crowding of teeth, Cavities
* Thumb sucking/ Prolonged pacifier use
*Difficulty breastfeeding, Tongue/lip ties
* Behavioral or Speech Issues
* Bed wetting
* TMJ Disorders/Headaches
* Ear aches, Ringing/ Vertigo
* Chronic Disease
* Gum disease/ Cavities
* Tongue Tie
* Mild or Moderate Apnea
* Non-compliance with CPAP
* Dry Mouth
* Mood Swings/Anxiety/Fatigue
* Night waking (to pee or drink water)
Learn from a sleep dentist (skip to 30mins)
FAQs and FYIs
I am 70 years old, I am too old for this!
Well….. if you only plan to live until your 71, than you’re right. But, if you want to enjoy your golden years, would you not want to look, feel, think and perform better until you die?
My sleep study says I do not have apnea
I actually don’t care what the AHI says about apnea, there are other important aspects of the study, as well as your signs/symptoms that would say another story. Upper airway resistance is the early stage that will progress over time if not addressed.
The problem with these results- is that a diagnosis of Mild and moderate cases reduce peoples perception of their issue, Because there is not a prescription or a disease yet, it doesn’t seem like its a problem. Consider this though- You would not tell someone the are mildly pregnant or have a mild cancer…. you do or you don’t. Myofunctional therapy comes in to help you avoid the very harmful effects that would otherwise be inevitable if you did nothing with your results. Look, Feel, Think & Perform Better by living optimally, instead of slowly getting sicker and more tired. (or divorced because your partner cannot sleep through your snoring)
My orthodontist says I don’t need this.
Get a second opinion. Or a third. Despite their great results, if you need braces, you most likely DO need myofunctional therapy, they just have not considered it.
Ever hear of relapse? or wires for life to hold the teeth in their new position? (because the root cause was not addressed- fix the functional issue with myo while you undergo ortho)
You also do not have to wait until all the adult teeth are in. You can begin to expand the jaw and make room as the teeth come in. This also opens the airway and can help improve your childs mood and abilty to learn.
My Doctor, ENT, Dentist, etc. says this does not add any benefit?
I’m sorry, but science is always changing and there are more than 400 studies on myofunctional therapy, tongue tie release, airway and sleep dentistry. Your providers should be questioning their current process
I was told my child will grow out of a tongue tie.
Your body will learn how to compensate for the restriction, but it does not mean that doesn’t come at a cost. They could get lucky and live pain free and symptom free. Or, more likely end up with some form of the symptoms above. Depending how they breathe and compensate.
Therapy with me involves correcting the function and then learning the form, so you are more likely to retain the benefits.
My child is in speech therapy, I don’t need this!
Speech language pathologists who understand myofunctional therapy will actually prefer you to have this completed first. It sets the stage for speech, as by the time you seek their support, your muscles and structures are already working harmoniously. You are more likely to get success, and less likely to learn sounds and swallow without compensatory movements that could be problematic in the future.
I don’t want to get a tongue a release. Will myofunctional therapy still help?
Myofunctional therapy is the most natural, least invasive way to get improvement. If we can get your tongue working properly and balanced, not everyone will even need the release. Many people live symptom free, and do not know they have a tie. I do like to work collaboratively with body workers to improve your results.
How can I lose weight through myofunctionmal therapy?
By improving your oxygen, sleep and stress, you can lose weight by changing nothing else!!!!! It’s no longer about eat less, exercise more.
I help you balance your hormones so you don’t crave sugar, so you are better able to digest your food and get the nutrients you need, and build the feel good hormones that interfere with your willpower.
We are living in a world who is overfed and undernourished.
Until recently with the shift towards preventative health, Most people who would seek the support of a myofunctional therapist were those who have literally tried everything else, but were still not satisfied with their results because their symptoms pervailed.
Many people encounter the following hard ships on their journey to finding a myofuncional therapist or health coach.
Doctors insist there is nothing wrong (because their symptoms are not extreme enough to fall into the disease category where they can rely on pharmaceuticals or surgical interventions.)
They are told they do NOT have a tongue tie,….. but they actually DO. Or it has never been considered before. It is very herd to understand a posterior tongue tie, let alone to diagnose one, and Most professionals are not educated on the tongue (even ENTs and dental professionals)
They have been to massage, chiropractic and physiotherapists for chronic pain, and still rely on pain meds to get them through the day (without addressing the tongue- which is not in their scope and its actually connected to our toes, of course pain comes back).
Their sleep study comes back normal, despite the fact that they snore, have anxiety and/or wake up unrested, so they accept that their sleep is fine. Or worse- they need a CPAP but don’t wear it (Myofunctional therapy can improve sleep apnea events by 50%)
They have been told its normal to suffer pain while breast feeding, babies to have reflux, children to have crowded teeth, ADHD, and ear and throat aches. That children grow out of tongue ties and food aversions and that its ok for children to breathe from their mouth. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!!!
They are given a bite/night guard for grinding and told nothing can be done about the TMJ, jaw clicking, popping, or teeth grinding until surgery in the future can correct it.
They are told they need a lingual wire or to wear a retainer for life after braces. (if you don’t correct the muscles that are moving the teeth, of course you need to correct all the damage you do during the day by wearing a retainer to push them back into place at night)
They need acid reflux meds for life because they have too much stomach acid. (this is often misunderstood and easily corrected)
You should always listen to your body. When you don’t feel right…. you are probably right!
Your body is sending you signals that something needs to be addressed. You do not ignore the check engine light on your car, why are you ignoring the ones from your body?
Myofunctional therapy with me involves a series of exercises to improve coordination, activation, resistance, strength and endurance of facial muscles which have over aching health benefits.
Therapy involves coaching on Nutrition, Breathing, Chewing and Swallowing, Lip and Tongue placement, Sleep and Posture
Process involves an assessment (that can be completed by an oral health professional with knowledge in orofacial myofunctional therapy). A consult to determine type of program(s) for your needs, what other health modalities you may require, and the therapy- which may involve 8-20 sessions (4-12 months).
Services are accepted by most insurance carriers and are tax deductible.
Habit Elimination Program: to eliminate thumb sucking, prolonged pacifier or sippy cup use, nail biting, other noxious habits.
TMD Program: to provide pain relief by relaxing the muscles, eliminating habits that contribute to pain and reducing inflammation of the jaw joint and facial muscles.
Standard Myofunctional Therapy: Therapy that involves the proper growth and development of children, the neural re-education of form and function and the habituation of proper form for preventative health, pain relief, energy and improved quality of life.
Payment plans available and Family discounts available.
What People Are Saying
“You saved my life. I was days away from a massive heart attack. You recognized the symptoms and referred me for a sleep have been doing study. I have never felt better”
“I have been to the ENT for years and have been in physiotherapy, but you helped my pain go away, I cannot wait to keep going with this”
“My snoring has reduced after just 3 sessions”
“I did the therapy along side my child so she would be more likely to do her exercises. Unexpectedly- I get better sleep and I look better (it was like botox)”
“I just feel free…. I don’t know any other way to explain it?”
Testimonies of Time and Wisdom
“We are just beginning to realize how common and varied are vicious habits of the lips and tongue, how powerful and persistent they are in causing and maintaining malocclusion, how difficult they are to overcome and how hopeless is success in treatment unless they are overcome” -Edward H. Angle aka-father of modern orthodontics (Treatment of Malocclusion of the Teeth (Ed.7), Philadelphia: S.S. White Manufacturing company, 1907)
“As guardian of health the nose … performs invaluable services in preventing diseases of the lungs, as it frees the inhaled air from impurities. … All breathing should, therefore, be through the nose, and none whatever should be done through the mouth.” Theodore Hoppe- The Naturopath and Herald of Health
“The man knows not the pleasure of sleep, he rises in the morning more fatigued than when he retired at rest, he takes pills and remedies during the day and renews his disease every night he sleeps” – George Catlin
Catlin notes: “I have seen an Indian woman in the wilderness, lowering her infant from the breast, and pressing its lips together as it falls asleep, and fixing its cradle in the open air.” ” In comparison, the civilized whites, when sleeping with the mouths open, changed the facial structure, causing a retraction of the chin and derangement and deformity of the teeth, and the disfigurement of the mouth and the whole face.” (Shut Your Mouth and Save Your Life. Catlin, 1870, p.47)
“A perfect man breathes as if he is not breathing” – Lao Tzu