Innovative Myofunctional Therapy
                          of Maryland

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facial muscle therapy

What is an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder?

The prefix "Myo" stands for muscle.  Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders involve behaviors and patterns created by inappropriate muscle function and incorrect habits involving the tongue, lips, jaw and face.  There are many variations of myofunctional but those involving the tongue and lips receive the most attention. A tongue thrust is the most common orofacial myofunctional variation.  During the act of swallowing and /or during rest posture, an incorrect positioning of the tongue may contribute to improper orofacial development and maintenance of the misalignment of the teeth.

Example of an orofacial variation that relates to the lips is an open mouth, lips apart resting posture.  This is often referred to as lip incompetence and can distract from a pleasing facial appearance. 




Courtesy of IAOM