Discover the vital link between our eating habits and overall health. While the impact of food is commonly understood, the way we drink, chew, and swallow plays an equally crucial role.
Surprisingly, many digestive discomforts stem from swallowing air during meals. Bloating, belching, coughing, hiccupping, flatulence, stomach aches, and certain forms of acid reflux and IBS can all be influenced by this factor 34,49,50,51,52.
Fortunately, by retraining our drinking, chewing, and eating behaviors, we can find relief from these digestive discomforts. Experience the soothing effects of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, which offers long-lasting benefits for your stomach and overall well-being.
Swallowing Air While Eating Causes discomfort
Soothe your stomach with our easy program
Aerophagia Definition: The swallowing of air, whether accidentally, or as an involuntary habit.52
Produces Uncomfortable Gastrointestinal Symptoms:34,49,50,51
Some Types of Acid Reflux & IBS
Causes of Air Swallowing:34,49,50,51
Eating or Drinking Quickly
Talking While Eating
Drinking Through a Straw
Daily Repetitive Oral Habit
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy's Steps to Stop Air Swallowing
Stop any daily repetitive habit involving the mouth (if any)
Stop mouth breathing. Change over to nasal breathing
Retrain drinking, chewing, and swallowing
Retrain sleeping with your mouth closed
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What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy?
The mouth, head, and neck are a complex weave of muscles, tissues, joints, bones, blood vessels, and nerves that all need to work together for a smooth, discomfort-free daily function.
We are born and grow with little direction and training in this area of our bodies. We eat the way we eat, we chew on the side that is most comfortable, we swallow whichever way gets the food down, our tongues rest wherever they rest, we breathe the easier way, and we have repetitive habits that soothe our stress that can involve our faces and mouths.
All of these reflexive habits can create abnormalities in our oral and facial structures, and since we have been doing them throughout youthful growth, our bones and muscles have molded around these untrained habits, potentially creating ingrained disorders in our current and later years.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapists specialize and only focus on the muscles and tissues throughout the tongue, jaw, face, head, and neck. Weekly exercises are given that either tone or relax these muscles and tissues aligning them to your center. Working from your foundation up, we progressively reset years of habits. Most individuals will complete the program within the year and yet your new symmetry could last your lifetime.
A Stanford University Systematic Review Revealed The Lasting Beneficial Effects Of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy In A Wide Cohort:
“Current literature demonstrates that orofacial myofunctional therapy decreases apnea-hypopnea index by approximately 50% in adults and 62% in children. Improvements to snoring and daytime sleepiness. Shown effective in children and adults of all ages studied thus far; youngest patient 3 yrs old to 60 yrs old. Therapy has an important role in preventing relapse.”48