What is Orofacial Myology?
Orofacial Myology (OM) is treatment of the face, tongue, jaw and neck muscles to improve muscle function and tone. Orofacial Myology establishes the correct functional activities of these muscles so that normal growth and development may take place and progress in a stable and balanced environment. Given the complexity of this region, it is common to see abnormalities and imbalances develop, particularly in children.
Correct muscle function is paramount for normal growth and development and dental health. Crooked teeth, crowded mouths, small jaws and incorrect muscle function are often a consequence of an orofacial myofunctional disorder, which essentially means improper function of the orofacial muscles.
Orofacial Myology Therapy corrects muscle dysfunction, incorrect tongue rest posture and swallowing patterns (tongue thrust swallow) working on muscle tone to establish the correct functional activities of the tongue, lips and lower jaw.
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About Orofacial Myology Health
Orofacial Myology Health has been operating in Sydney since 2010 under the guidance and leadership of head practitioner Rochelle McPherson. With over 25 years industry experience, Rochelle is one of the most respected practitioners of Orofacial Myology in Australia. She has lectured at the University of Queensland and frequently gives talks and seminars on Orofacial Myology at conferences all over the world. Rochelle’s expertise is highly sought after in the industry, and she regularly conducts training and mentoring for other practitioners in the field.
Through the Orofacial Myology Health practice, Rochelle aims to bring a unique and holistic approach to treating her patients. Rochelle works with both children and adults to devise short and long term treatment goals and implements the necessary plans to achieve them. Over the years, Rochelle has guided hundreds of children and adults on to a path of wellness and health.
Owner and Head Practitioner
After graduating as a Dental Hygienist in 1994, Rochelle spent nine years working in periodontal specialist practices, receiving post graduate training and expertise in the management of periodontal disease.
Her special interests include Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, Neuromuscular Dentistry, TMD and Craniofacial Pain, Sleep Disordered Breathing and Airways.
Rochelle lectured at the University of Queensland to the Bachelor of Oral Health students from 1998 to 2001, and has been actively involved in her professional association for many years.