Pre and Post Frenectomy Therapy
We provide pre and post frenectomy (i.e. tongue release) myofunctional therapy. Our therapy helps re-educate the tongue and orofacial muscles during movement and at rest to create new neuromuscular patterns for proper oral function, including chewing, swallowing, speaking, and breathing. We want our clients who are considering a frenectomy for themselves or a loved one to understand that the best outcomes include therapy before and after this procedure.
How does myofunctional therapy help before and after a frenectomy?
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) or Oromyofunctional Therapy is a series of exercises of the lips, jaw, tongue, cheeks and palate designed to re-pattern the oral and facial muscles to promote proper tongue position, improve proper breathing, chewing and swallowing.
Therapy is important before a surgery in order to:
- build strength and stability
- improve range of motion
- prepare for exercises that will be needed post surgery
Therapy is important after a surgery in order to:
- promote post surgical healing
- continue to build strength and stability
- maximize surgical outcomes
- help the tongue to readapt to its newly found freedom
- promote proper tongue resting position
Imagine if your tongue had limited motion and was not fully functional for your entire life. Whether you are a child or adult, that is a relatively long time for your tongue to get used to its current state. Therapy will help to instill good patterns so that your surgery is a success.
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