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Myo Matters

Here at Myo Matters, therapy is provided by Paula and Emily, Qualified Orofacial Myologists (QOM).  We have studied with the leaders in the field to provide our patients with an individualized therapy plan best suited to their needs.

OUR MISSION

Orofacial-myofunctional therapy retrains normal muscular function in the muscles of the face and mouth, promotes nasal breathing, the proper rest position of the tongue and lips, and forms a normal swallow pattern. 

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Myofunctional Therapy exercises can be used to prevent and help treat many health issues such as:

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  • Tongue tie
  • Tongue thrust
  • Headaches
  • Jaw & facial pain
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  • Neck and shoulder tension
  • TMJ
  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
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  • Poor dental health
  • Snoring & sleep disorders
  • and more
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Before going through myofunctional therapy with Paula, I had a tongue thrust, breathed through my mouth at night, and used a lot of extra facial muscles while swallowing food. Paula was very good at explaining each exercise I had for the week, and went at an easy pace for me to perfect each level of therapy before going to the next one. She speaks very calmly to patients, and I felt extremely comfortable working with her. Even if I didn’t get an exercise exactly right, Paula was so encouraging and I never left her office feeling defeated, just motivated to do it better the next time. After about 12 sessions, I now no longer have my tongue thrust, I breathe exclusively through my nose at night, and I only use necessary muscles for swallowing. Thank you, Myo Matters!
—  Sarah C.

Our Team

To read more about our providers, click on the link below.

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RDH QOM

Paula Anderson

My name is Paula Anderson.  I’m a Qualified Orofacial Myologist and a Registered Dental Hygienist...

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OTR/L OMT

Dr. Emily Hawkins

My name is Emily Hawkins. I am an Occupational Therapist who practices myofunctional therapy...

  • 4 Goals of Myofunctional Therapy
    Myofunctional therapy is a program of specific exercises that target the orofacial muscles used to chew and swallow. These exercises strengthen the tongue and lips ... In addition, it helps to reinforce the proper position of the tongue within the mouth for optimal Craniofacial development, dental occlusion, and nasal breathing. Myofunctional Therapy is also used to stop negative oral habits such as thumb sucking. Good Lip Seal Good Nasal Breathing- All day and all night Proper Tongue Rest Posture Proper Swallow Pattern
  • What is Myofunctional Therapy?
    Myofunctional therapy is a program of specific exercises that target the orofacial muscles used to chew and swallow. These exercises strengthen the tongue and lips ... In addition, it helps to reinforce the proper position of the tongue within the mouth for optimal craniofacial development, dental occlusion, and nasal breathing. Myofunctional Therapy is also used to stop negative oral habits such as thumb sucking.
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OUR SERVICES
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12+ Sessions

Full Therapy (Children & Adults)

The full therapy program consists of 12 or more sessions.  It begins with training the tip of the tongue where to rest and keeping lips sealed while increasing muscle tone and coordination.

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Session Varies

Pre and Post Frenectomy/Frenuloplasty

Experience the best care at Myo Matters. Our team of professionals is dedicated to providing personalized treatment tailored to your specific needs. We understand that every individual is unique, and we strive to deliver the highest quality care to help you achieve optimal health and well-being.

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3 Sessions

Young Children (Under 6 years old)

This Therapy is for very young children.  Ones we know have myofunctional issues but are too young for a structured therapy program.  As often as possible, exercises are altered to be fun activities, games, or competitions.  Therapy is done in 3 session intervals and re-evaluated as the child grows to continue therapy. Often times, a MyoMunchee is used.

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