Orofacial Myology 

Orofacial Myology (also known as Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy) is a form of exercise-based therapy that aims to normalise the function of the muscles of the mouth including those of the tongue, lips, jaw, face and neck.

This therapy is used for patients that have developed what is known as an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD). This is where a patient has developed altered patterns of muscle recruitment for tasks involving the mouth.

Signs of OMD can be:

  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Mouth breathing
  • Abnormal swallowing pattern
  • Speech difficulties
  • Chewing difficulties
  • Jaw pain or clicking

 Causes of OMD can be:

  • Thumb sucking
  • Dummy use
  • Teeth grinding
  • Mouth breathing
  • Nail biting
  • Tongue and lip ties

Dr Ben Robins uses Orofacial Myology in conjunction with Cranial Osteopathy for the treatment of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders.

On occasions a referral to another practitioner such as a Speech Pathologist or Dentist may be required.

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