What is Facial Posture?
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) often have a flow-on effect to the external appearance of the face and neck. The most obvious symptom is a dull, sagging face and weak, constantly parted lips that develop when the muscles of the face aren’t operating as they’re supposed to. Improper swallowing patterns can also cause a child to tighten the muscles of the cheeks, chin and lips when swallowing, resulting in a “facial grimace” that produces a rough, unpleasant appearance of the chin. These cosmetic issues often have a negative impact on a child’s confidence, which compounds the frustration already felt at the functional aspects of an OMD.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy addresses these issues by training a child’s facial and tongue muscles to function in the optimal way. Through non-invasive, exercise-based techniques, children gradually learn to bite, swallow and chew with the correct motor patterns, allowing the orofacial muscles to develop properly and avoid cosmetic and functional issues now and in the future.
Contact Rochelle at Orofacial Myology Health to organise a no-obligation consultation and discuss treatment options for your child.