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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

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What Is OMT?

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy -OMT- is a neurologic re-education or re-patterning therapy for Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs).  OMT uses specific therapeutic techniques to assist in proper function, growth, development, and esthetics.  Correcting these habits has an enormous benefit for not only for the present but for future development and growth.

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TMJ Disorders

OMT applies techniques to rebalance the muscles of the mouth, face, and neck.  

Lingual tongue tie

Tongue Tie

OMT can assess whether a patient is affected by tongue tie and advise on possible treatment plans which may be as simple as therapy sessions to train the tongue to a proper rest posture.

In some cases, a referral to a provider who can perform a frenectomy to free the tongue may be needed.  

Myofunctional therapy sessions are highly recommended before and after the frenectomy to train the tongue into a proper rest posture.

Father and Son Taking a Nap

Sleep, Breathing and Airway Issues

OMT therapy sessions help exercise and strengthen the muscles of the mouth and throat promotinng better sleep and breathing habits

Cute Toddler

Oral Habits

Thumb, finger, pacifier and other sucking habits can lead to bite issues, speech problems and airway concerns.  OMT can work to eliminate these habits.

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) are disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth.  OMDs may directly and/or indirectly affect skeletal growth and development, oral hygiene, stability of orthodontic treatment, facial esthetics, posture, breathing, chewing, swallowing, speech and occlusion. 

Get to Know Us

Dr. Katie Smoron, D.C. with Chicago Craniofacial Pain & Rehabilitation provides myofunctional therapy in the  Mt. Prospect office.  She has studied myofunctional therapy through both the IAOM and AOMT organizations.  She also has training in Buteyko Breathing, TMD and Craniosacral therapy.

All OMT appointments are scheduled with our OMT Therapist, Dr. Katie. 

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