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. During this phase, therapy sessions are generally 1-2 weeks apart. It is during or after this phase of therapy that a tongue tie release procedure is completed, if needed. We then transition into working with where the middle and back of the tongue should rest while continuing to strengthen and tone more and focus on swallow pattern. As we get into this phase of therapy we may add additional time between sessions. As the end of the full therapy program nears we start to work on specific needs of each client which may include specific exercises for sleep disordered breathing, daytime breathing function, TMJ or other needs. The full therapy program usually takes 6-9 months to complete.
This Therapy is focused on what it will take to get you ready for your frenectomy procedure and what you will need to rehab the wound and tongue post surgery. Often time swallow therapy is recommended after this therapy is completed.
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.
Unhealthy oral habits include sucking habits past age 3 (fingers, thumb, pacifier, blankets), nail biting, lip biting, and others. When there is an unwanted oral habit occurring, the tongue is not resting in its proper place and there can be a tongue thrust swallowing pattern. Unwanted oral habits can also lead to various social issues. Myofunctional therapy can help eliminate the unwanted habit. Once the habit is eliminated, the tongue habitually stays low and therefore the tongue thrust swallowing pattern continues. By continuing myofunctional therapy after the habit is eliminated, the muscles can be retrained to have lips closed, a correct tongue rest posture, and eliminate the tongue thrust swallowing pattern.