Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is aimed at treating Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD). Creative Therapy Health Services is pleased to be able to offer these treatment services to our clients.
This may be the first time you have come across this terminology so we will take a bit of time to explain what it is and the types of symptoms that can be observed and treated.
What is OMT in Layman’s Terms
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders are disorders related to the normal functioning of the muscles and nerves of the face, lips, tongue and cheeks. The result of the disorder can be observed with symptoms that include:
- Trouble sleeping (sleep disordered breathing, obstructive sleep apnea)
- Excessive chewing, sucking, drooling
- Mouth breathers
- Food sensitivities
- Attention deficit disorder
- Grind teeth
- Poor posture
- Jaw, head or neck pain
Individualized therapy treatment plans are developed for each client to address the underlying issues. Treatments involve a combination of facial massage techniques, work with trigger points along with exercises to resolve muscle imbalances.
Who can Benefit from OMT
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy can help people of all ages from infants to the elderly. Younger clients may experience some of the symptoms identified above in conjunction with other developmental challenges. Adults may acquire symptoms through the natural course of aging, accidents or illness.
What Does OMT Treatment Look Like?
First off, you can feel free to contact us at any time to have your specific questions answered. We realize that this may be a new and unfamiliar treatment option for many people. Here is the approach we follow:
- Initial Assessment: Interview and discussion with the client and/or parents or caregivers (in the case of children)
- Initial Assessment: Functional testing and diagnoses of the client.
- Initial Assessment: Review of previous medical interventions, including Doctors, Speech Language Pathologists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and other health care practitioners.
- Initial Assessment: Identify Therapy Goals for the client relative to the current baseline.
- Treatment: Based on the Initial Assessment, a treatment plan will be developed that includes a variety techniques and exercises to be performed by the client.
- Treatment: Provide the client with exercises that can be performed at home.
- Treatment: Develop a clinic based schedule for delivering treatments and re-assessing progress.
How to Proceed