Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) eliminates many of the causes of poor swallowing and improper tongue placement. OMT corrects the improper function of the tongue and facial muscles. It involves strengthening the tongue and orofacial muscles by teaching individuals how to engage the muscles in the appropriate position. OMT is painless, and the exercises are relatively simple. When certain muscles of the face are activated and functioning properly, other muscles will follow until proper coordination of the tongue, and facial muscles is attained. When you see a specialist like Dr. Glass, he can determine the exact issues occurring and teach you what exercises are recommended to improve how the orofacial muscles are working.
For success in this therapy, consistent exercise every day is necessary until the patient has corrected their improper muscle pattern. It takes commitment by the patient, family. Treatment usually consists of a regular program of exercises over a 6 – 12 month period, although treatment length may vary.