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Orofacial Myologists and Myofunctional Therapists focus on the functions of the muscles of the mouth, face and throat. The therapist works with individuals to strengthen weaker muscles through exercises and behavior modifications that improve breathing, speaking, chewing, and swallowing. Myofunctional therapists can be dentists, dental hygienists, or speech pathologists trained in myofunctional therapy.
Body work can be helpful when addressing airway issues. Osteopaths, physical therapists, and chiropractors can work with patients to improve posture, mobility, and overall wellness.
Some speech pathologists are also trained in myofunctional therapy. This is a valuable combination in a profession whose goal is improved speech articulation through functional movements of the oral soft tissues.
The best way that a child can avoid future airway problems is by breastfeeding in the first months to years of life. A lactation specialist is utilized to help newborns and infants latch and nurse efficiently. In the dental office or ENT office setting, they are utilized to help mom and baby after the baby has undergone a frenectomy procedure to release a tongue and/or lip tie.
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