Orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) often have a flow-on effect to the external appearance of the face and neck. The most obvious symptom is a dull, sagging face and weak, constantly parted lips that develop when the muscles of the face aren’t operating as they’re supposed to.
Improper swallowing patterns can also cause a child to tighten the muscles of the cheeks, chin and lips when swallowing, resulting in a “facial grimace”. These cosmetic issues often have a negative impact on a child’s confidence, which adds to the pain and frustration they already feel as a result of an OMD.
Treating facial posture issues
Orofacial myofunctional therapy addresses these issues by training a child’s facial and tongue muscles to function in the optimal way. Through non-invasive, exercise-based techniques, children learn to chew and swallow correctly, allowing the orofacial muscles to develop properly and avoid growth and functional issues.
Contact Rochelle to organise a consultation and discuss treatment options for your child.