An assessment of breathing function with capnometry and other manual and observational methods helps to uncover underlying issued behind your breathing complaints. Once there is a better understanding, an tailored approach can be used to address your specific breathing concerns, such as mouth breathing or nasal congestion, especially if you have asthma, allergies or sleep apnea.
An individualised breathing program may incorporate Buteyko method for breathing re-education, Integrative Breathing Therapy (IBT) for biomechanical breathing correction, nasal breathing rehabilitation as well as capnography biofeedback training. By following a tailored program, you can achieve faster improvement and feel more empowered by the change you create in your body.
Orofacial myofunctional training
Mouth exercises, also known as OMT or myofunctional therapy is a program of tongue, face, jaw, head and neck exercises and tools that help improve and restore correct function of the oral facial muscles. The imbalances may be initially caused by weak oral tone, low tongue posture, tongue thrust, oral habits such as pacifier, thumb sucking or nail biting. These imbalances create what is called oral myofunctional disorders (OMD).
Thumb sucking, tongue thrust and other habits
Special programs are offered to help eliminate poor oral habits (thumb sucking, pacifier, digit/toy sucking) and tongue thrust that negatively affect teeth, jaw and face growth and development. These habits can lead to open bite, crossbite and other bite problems as well as incorrect tongue function often affecting swallowing and speech.
Oral muscle retraining & orthodontic treatment
Oral myofunctional therapy can support the progress and stability of orthodontic treatment in adults and children with incorrect function of tongue, cheeks and lips. It is particularly important to retrain oral muscles as part of treatment with braces or clear aligners where problems such as open bite, narrow upper jaw, cross bite or low tongue posture were amongst the reasons to seek orthodontic help. Open bites often relapse if tongue function is not corrected thus oral myofunctional therapy is an integral part of treatment stability.
Oral muscle retraining after surgery
It is important to assist the body after surgery (e.g. after removal of enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids or other surgeries in the nose, mouth and airway) to help restore proper nasal breathing and oral function as our bodies build up compensations in response to an abnormal airway or mouth anatomy. This type of work can be used for preparation for extensive dental work (such as implants, large bridges, dentures) and rehabilitation after to make sure that oral muscles are balanced.
Snoring and sleep apnea
Oral myofunctional exercises can assist with treatments of snoring and sleep apnea and other breathing problems during sleep.
Jaw joint dysfunction (TMD)
Oral myofunctional therapy can assist with TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) and general jaw and mouth muscle tightness, soreness, teeth grinding, clenching and other habits and symptoms around the mouth and the jaw.
Tongue tie / lip tie
Oral myofunctional exercises are used to facilitate functional release of tethered oral tissues (aka tongue tie & lip tie) when used as a program to prepare for and restore from the procedure.
Babies and toddlers
Sessions are offered for babies and toddlers with general feeding and eating issues as well as breast feeding and breathing-related sleep issues to help support their oral function as well as growth and development of their jaws and face.
Oral function support for the any age
Sessions are offered for clients of all ages to support oral function who have challenges with eating, swallowing, speech, mouth rest posture, or jaw opening/closing due dental work, missing teeth, dentures and/or decreased muscle tone.