myofunctional therapy


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my·o·func·tion·al ther·a·py

therapy of malocclusion and other dental and speech disorders utilizing muscular exercises of the tongue and lips; most often intended to alter a tongue thrust swallowing pattern.

my·o·func·tion·al ther·a·py

(mī'ō-fŭngk'shŭn-ăl thār'ă-pē)
speech pathology Any technique used to promote normal patterns of tongue movement and swallowing; primarily used to ameliorate tongue thrust.
See: tongue thrust
Synonym(s): tongue thrust therapy.

my·o·func·tion·al ther·a·py

(mī'ō-fŭngk'shŭn-ăl thār'ă-pē)
Treatment of malocclusion and other dental and speech disorders using muscular exercises of tongue and lips; most often intended to alter a tongue thrust swallowing pattern.
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Myofunctional therapy to treat obstructive sleep apnea: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Subtitles: N = number of subjects; OSA = obstructive sleep apnea; OMT = orofacial myofunctional therapy; AHI = Apnea and hypopnea Index per hour of sleep; NR = no record; PSG = Polysomnography Table 4.
This led to the final version, proposing 12 weekly sessions, being one assessment before treatment onset and one re-assessment after therapy completion, as well as 10 sessions of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (Figures 3 and 4).
Figure 3 presents the approaches of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy per week, and the suggested exercises are presented in detail in Figure 4.
Considering that speech-language rehabilitation in cases submitted to orthognathic surgery aims at favoring the orofacial and cervical functions for muscular balance, reducing the risk of relapse caused by maintenance of inadequate functional patterns, the present study aimed to develop an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Program to guide professionals in the intervention on such patients.
No study found in the literature described the process of designing protocols and programs of orofacial myofunctional therapy to allow comparison of such results.
It was possible to develop an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Program comprising myofunctional exercises, sensorial stimulation and functional training, aimed at individuals submitted to orthognathic surgery, which should yet to be validated in future studies.