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Orofacial myology involves looking at the orofacial muscular complex (muscle and bone that make up, support, and move the head and face) during rest, breathing, chewing, preparation for swallowing, swallowing, and speaking. It assesses how all muscles and bone movements work together to create optimal function, diagnoses disorder within resting posture and within movements of these features, and identifies a hierarchy of treatment to restore adequate function for optimal breathing, movement, and orofacial development.
The American Speech – Language & Hearing Association (ASHA) defines Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders as ‘abnormal movement patterns of the face and mouth. OMDs may also interfere with how the muscles of the face and mouth are used for eating, talking, and breathing. People who have an OMD may also have problems with talking, swallowing, and breathing through their nose. Some children push out their tongue when they talk, drink, or eat.”
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