What is Orofacial Myology for Adults

Experiencing an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder as an adult can be overwhelming, especially when symptoms impact your day-to-day activities. Here at Speak and Swallow, we provide Orofacial Myology for adults in Brisbane to address a range of symptoms. With our clinical experience in swallowing and communication disorders, we are well equipped to support you in your Orofacial Myology therapy journey. 

Keep on reading to find out what is involved in Orofacial Myology for adults and how you can get support from our friendly team, located in North Brisbane. 

What is Orofacial Myology?

Orofacial Myology is a professional discipline used in the evaluation and treatment of oral dysfunction. It considers how the function of the muscles of the tongue, lips, jaw, and face may be impacted by postural and functional disorders, or ongoing effects associated with disorders and degenerative conditions.

Orofacial Myology has been shown to be effective in alleviating symptoms associated with Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and degenerative conditions in adults. 

Why Would An Adult Need Orofacial Myology?

There are many reasons why an Adult may benefit from Orofacial Myology. At Speak and Swallow, we work with our clients to get to know the challenges they are facing, and after assessment of their oral function, we can determine whether Orofacial Myofunctional therapy is suitable for them.

The types of difficulties we can address with Orofacial Myology include:

  • Tongue thrust
  • Chewing difficulties
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Incorrect lip and tongue posture
  • Mouth breathing
  • TMJ pain
  • Sleep disordered breathing
  • Sleep Apnoea
  • Drooling
  • Teeth grinding
  • Tongue ties
  • Speech disorders

What to Expect From Orofacial Myology for Adults

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy includes the assessment and treatment of oral and facial muscle dysfunction and oral habits that disrupt swallowing and speech. We’ll begin by assessing the function of the muscles of the tongue, lips, jaw, and face. If your Speech Pathologist determines that Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is suitable for you, they will develop a personalized program including Orofacial Myofunctional exercises to address your symptoms.

At Speak & Swallow, we provide our clients participating in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy with personalized “MyoKits” complete with printed instructions and a variety of tools for completing oral motor exercises as part of a tailored program. These kits give our clients all the tools they need to complete regular home practice to help them progress towards achieving their Orofacial Myofunctional goals.

Speak & Swallow provide Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in Brisbane from a private practice clinic in Burpengary East. If you, a teenager or adult in your care, could benefit from the professional and personalised support we provide at Speak and Swallow, please get in touch by phoning 1300 867 732 or filling out our contact form here.