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  • Writer's picturePaula Anderson, R.D.H.

Beauty Benefits of Myofunctional Therapy

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Do you wish you could have a fuller face? Ever wondered why you can’t get that strong jaw line? You aren’t alone. In fact, thousands of Americans every year enroll in corrective treatments without even being diagnosed with what is causing their symptoms. In many cases this is a condition known as retrognathia (mandibular retrognathia) and the good news is it is entirely correctable with non-invasive myofunctional therapy. It doesn't just stop there though, dark circles under the eyes, a narrow smile, and definition of the cheekbones are all repeatedly reported by patients of orofacial-myofunctional therapy.

What Myofunctional Therapy can correct for patients suffering from retrognathia is nothing short of life changing. Imagine the joy of a defined jawline, brighter smile, and healthier skin all while improving your health and respiratory system! Sounds too good to be true right, well it's not, and all around the world client photos and patients who successfully completed myofunctional therapy programs are the living proof.

Let's talk about why all these changes happen and the functional medicine that makes it work.

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Retrognathia: Individuals who have retrognathia usually experience narrow jawline, underdeveloped mandibular, jaw pain, misalignment of the jaw, and difficulty chewing properly. So how can Myofunctional Therapy assist in this process, and what does it do to help you achieve these results?

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The key here is to activate the mandibular muscles, and not allow compensation from other parts of the face. A 2018 study published in the journal of Applied Oral Science found that patients who had been approved for retrognathic surgery benefited clinically and in electromyographical (electrical activity of muscle tissue) aspects of chewing, dental alignment, and properly activating the Muscles of Mastication by undergoing Myofunctional Therapy.

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Myofunctional Therapy will promote nasal breathing and proper tongue posture which over time will release growth hormones that allow proper shape of the dental arches and jaw. The more someone's nasal breaths the more they will encourage these results. While the results differ based on an individual's unique biological and genetic makeup.

Dark Eyes Circles: Behind the eyes are sinus cavities that respond to our environment by filling with mucus and protective liquid to air that has not been filtered. Unfortunately for individuals who breathe through the mouth the filters that our bodies put in place do not exist. Only our nose filters these toxins from

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our environment out, putting all the strain on our lungs, when our lungs cannot filter this our sinuses make sure that they don’t get into our bodies. They do this by filling with the mucus and this is directly linked to the dark circles under our eyes. Long story short we need to make sure we are nasal breathing so that our sinuses don’t fill up and make us look REALLY tired.

Brighter Smile: The tongue strengthening exercises that Myofunctional Therapy will train you in focus on tongue strength and lip seal. This forces our mouths to adjust to the way our bodies intended and reach their full potential. Not only will this help you chew and eat better and more comfortably, but it will also stretch your mouth and tongue in a way that provides you optimal space, resulting in a fuller, wider smile.

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These are three medically documented conditions that myofunctional therapy patients can expect in varying levels but there are more that are worth mentioning that patients experience regularly enough to see a connection. As Myofunctional Therapy spreads throughout the world more and more patients are reporting physicals transformations they weren't ever expecting.

Some of these beauty enhancements are:

Healthier Skin

Proper standing and sitting posture

Tongue Thrust

Better smelling breath

Prognathic Jaw (Jaw Thrust)

Tongue Protrusion

Teeth Gaps

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All in all the difference between treating the symptom and treating the cause is enormous. Patients who opt to take on cosmetic surgery or spend years hoping for a solution to a small jaw, dark circles, tongue thrust, or bad breath can avoid so much of the struggle by treating the cause. While Myofunctional Therapy is at its core a health decision, one that can help your breathing, sleep and energy levels because it is functional medicine and touches on so many aspects of our amazingly interconnected bodies the physical (let's be real BEAUTY) benefits speak for themselves.

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If you want to treat the root cause, save hundreds if not thousands of dollars over the course of a lifetime on cosmetics to cover dark circles, or want the jawline of a pop star then Myofunctional therapy could be the solution you have been looking for. I am here to answer any questions that you have about the program and how you could benefit from a program.

If you have any questions about craniosacral therapy, myofunctional therapy or any other topic that I can help send me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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