Diamond Myo by RMW
People of all ages can suffer from Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs). OMDs usually occur when the facial and oral muscles are not functioning properly and having a negative influence on orofacial growth and development. OMDs also affect breathing, eating, and sleeping.
You or your child may have an OMD if:
- You/they have limited tongue movement
- You/they have an overbite, underbite, or have dental problems
- You/they have difficulty closing their lips while swallowing
- You/they have trouble with certain sounds
- You/they are in speech therapy for years without improvement
- You/they have chronic congestion and/or snore
- They did not give up a bottle by 12-14 months
- They had breastfeeding challenges
- They use a pacifier past the first year or suck their thumb
Many well-meaning parents make the mistake of thinking that their child will outgrow or naturally overcome these types of problems. Or perhaps you have these problems but never take the time to address them. The longer you wait to get help the more at risk you are for long term issues such as dental caries, orthodontic relapse and/or picky eating habits. Many adults do not realize that the pain in their jaw, head and neck is stemming from an orofacial myofunctional problem.
The first step to progress is a detailed OMD assessment that looks at the connection between structure and dysfunction which drives a treatment plan. The evaluation report will help generate a treatment plan and make referrals when needed. Robyn's network of oral surgeons, ENTs, Physical Therapists, CranioSacral Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Airway Centric Dentists lead you to remediation.
Please note children under the age of 4 can have an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder but the way we treat the issues is more passive, relying on pre-feeding and oral motor therapy. (See service pages for oral motor, feeding and OPT all which can help improve OMDs in <4 and in patients with special needs).
Patients over 4 are taught the "why" of their programs and are active participants in their progress performing exercises which they need to imitate and engage cooperatively. Robyn often uses her SMILE Program which is listed on the publications page.
Robyn published a paper on this topic which was well received in her community of like-minded professionals. To read the variations of treating OMDs in 0-4 and individuals with special needs please visit : https://ijom.iaom.com/journal/vol46/iss1/3/
Please visit the schedule page to get started with an evaluation so that you can started on your program.