Doris M. Waite, R.D.H., Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist,
Registered Buteyko Breathing Educator
The Tongue and Lung Lady
 
 
 
 
Myofunctional therapy is a series of exercises designed to strengthen the lips, cheeks, tongue and oropharynx (back of the throat) to restore normal, healthy oral function.

Why is this important?  As a child, having good tongue posture and function is key to the proper growth and development of the face and jaws.  Poor muscle function will produce poor facial growth since muscle rules over bones anytime!  For proper facial development to occur, the tongue should be on the palate at rest and functioning there during a swallow.  The lips need to be together and only nose breathing to move the air in and out of the body.  As an adult, changing the way the muscles in the face function may be helpful in resolving jaw pain, neck pain and shoulder pain.  There could be other factors as well including a tongue tie.

 
 
What is Myofunctional Therapy