Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is a program designed to retrain the muscles of the head and neck. Jenae has developed a program that is very custom for each of her patients. She completes a thorough assessment and develops specific goals and a treatment plan to meet those goals. Her programs are typically 9-12 months in duration and are split into 2 parts, an intensive phase and a patterning phase. During the intensive phase, Jenae sees her patients more frequently and uses research based exercises to retrain the muscles to learn basic skill sets and coordination in breathing, oral rest, and oral phase of chewing and swallowing. During the patterning phase, Jenae spaces out the appointments and works with her patients to develop new muscle memories and patterns. In this way, everything her patients have learned becomes a new habit that they no longer need to think about, but instead happens automatically. Jenae has seen great success with her custom programs with all ages.
Thumb Sucking Elimination
Thumb sucking and finger sucking can develop in children at a very young age. When this habit is formed it can be a hard one to break. Contrary to popular belief, eliminating a chronic thumb sucking or finger sucking habit does not cause emotional trauma when eliminated correctly. Some methods of ending this habit are better than others.
A method of habit elimination that has proven at least 90 percent effective is known as behavioral modification. Through behavioral modification, positive reinforcement establishes self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment. This therapy creates self-satisfaction to replace the thumb or finger sucking desire. Behavioral modification is fun and positive in contrast to many methods that use an appliance (negative reinforcement) to rid a person of the thumb sucking or finger sucking habit.
Thumb sucking and finger sucking, although not considered a serious problem by many, should be addressed and eliminated prior to permanent teeth eruption. If thumb or finger sucking persists several problems develop. The pressures applied to the mouth with thumb sucking or finger sucking can speed up the growth of the upper jaw and slow down the growth of the lower jaw, causing improper positioning/alignment of the jaws and teeth. Other problems such as a high narrow palate, early loss of baby teeth, delay in eruption of permanent teeth, improper tongue position, abnormal swallowing patterns and speech problems may also occur.
Once thumb sucking or finger sucking is eliminated, the child will gain an improved appearance, an ability to speak more clearly, better dental health and a boost in self-confidence.
Jenae's thumb sucking or finger sucking elimination program is successful and fun for both the child and his or her family. Once the child and Jenae discover together what this debilitating habit of thumb or finger sucking is causing, the child is able to make the decision to start therapy immediately and the program begins. After 30 days of proven behavioral modification with lots of positive reinforcement, Jenae's patients remain habit free and happy. There is no charge for the thumb sucking elimination therapy unless treatment is successful.
Besides asthma and hypertension, there are many other areas where the Buteyko Method is useful, such as anxiety and sleep apnea. How you breathe affects the oxygenation of your organs. The detrimental effects of mouth breathing, hyperventilation and overbreathing are well-documented. The Buteyko Method is built upon the premise that you survive on food, water, and air. Naturally, the quality of each is of utmost importance, but when it comes to air, few consider the quantity of air they breathe as a having such an enormously profound health impact.
The Buteyko Method teaches you how to bring your breathing volume back toward normal or, in other words, to reverse what’s called chronic hyperventilation or chronic overbreathing. When your breathing is normal, you have better oxygenation of tissues and organs, including your brain.