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Oral Posture is a holistic breathing and orofacial myology practice. We focus on restoring the basic functions of life such as breathing, resting, sleeping, talking, chewing, and swallowing. Most people don't think about the way they breathe, rest their mouth, sleep, talk, chew and swallow, but when these everyday functions of life are not working correctly a host of problems can occur. Proper function of the orofacial muscles includes nasal breathing, tongue resting passively suctioned to the roof of the mouth, lips passively sealed, teeth slightly apart, chewing on both sides of the mouth with lips sealed and swallowing without the tongue pressing on the teeth (tongue thrust). When any one of these muscle patterns is dysfunctional it can create symptoms such as nasal congestion, dry mouth, dry lips, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, environmental and seasonal allergies, asthma, frequent colds, ear aches, trouble clearing the ears, clenching and grinding of the teeth, TMD, ringing in the ears, sleep disordered breathing, snoring, sleep apnea, headaches, facial pain, head and neck tension, poor circulation, misaligned teeth and jaws, anterior open bite, high narrow palate, crowded teeth, drooling, gas and bloating, acid reflux, poor digestion and more. We prescribe research based exercises that focus on natural remedies to open the nasal and upper airway, stimulate reflexive nasal breathing, achieve proper and balanced function of the muscles of the head and neck in both static (resting) and dynamic (active) function. With the proper function of breathing, resting, sleeping, talking, chewing and swallowing comes relief and results that are life changing. 

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) Exercises that help improve and restore function in the muscles of the head and neck. Treatments range and include:

• Facilitating functional release of tongue, lip and buccal ties

• Oral habit elimination: thumb sucking, finger sucking,

   trichotillomania, smoking

• Eliminate tongue thrust

• Establish healthy oral rest posture

• Establish healthy chewing and swallowing

• Improve the static and dynamic function of the

   muscles of the head and neck

Breathing Behavior Analysis and Therapy

• Breathing re-education with Capnography

• Buteyko breathing re-education

• Elimination of mouth breathing

• Establish nasal breathing

Current literature demonstrates that Myofunctional Therapy decreases sleep apnea by 50% in adults and 62% in children