Is Your Child Experiencing Oral-Facial Discomforts, Pain, or Atypical Facial Symmetry?
Children should not have frequent headaches.
Just one oral-facial habit, stressed muscle, or tense tissue being consistently used in an atypical way can irritate the system and cause:
- Sinus Tension
- Tense Muscles of the Head and Neck
- Lack of Deep Sleep
- Higher Blood Pressure
- Inefficient Breathing
It is a complex delicate balance that makes up the head, neck, face, and mouth. Any small, seemingly normal habit can throw this incredible system out of whack.
The Advantage Program helps your child find their new oral-facial balance, soothing or eliminating:
- Unexplained Facial Pain
- Unknown Pain Origin in the Head, Face, and/or Neck
- Chronic Ear Infections
Our faces, heads, necks, and jaws are untoned and untrained. From the day we were born we have had no coaching on how to care for the muscles and tissues in this part of our bodies. Simple exercises in the Advantage Program will help your child:
- Define Jawline and Cheekbones
- Prevents Long Face Syndrome
- Remove Dark Circles Beneath Eyes
- Creates More Space for Straighter Teeth
- Removes Some Causes of Malocclusion
- Straightens Head and Neck Posture
- Reduces Baby Pudgy Cheeks in Adults
- Minimizes Gummy Smiles
- Tones Facial Muscles and Tissues
- Activates Growth Hormone
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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.
Currently, 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 your child's oral and facial structures, and since they have been doing them throughout their youthful growth, their bones and muscles have molded around these untrained habits, potentially creating ingrained disorders in their 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 child's center. Working from their foundation up. Progressively resetting years of habits. Most children will complete the program within the year and yet their new symmetry could last their 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
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