What is Orofacial Myology?

Orofacial Myology, aka OM, is the practice of assessing and treating the muscles of the face and neck. OM assessment and therapy is completed by an ‘Orofacial Myologist’ or ‘Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist’, who is usually a speech pathologist, dental professional or other allied health practitioner with additional specialised training in these areas. OM looks to understand the underlying muscle functions that may lead to difficulties with speech, eating, sleeping, breathing, facial expression, and orofacial/orthodontic development – these are known as Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs).

 

 

What Services Do We Offer?

Our clinic currently offers OM services with one of our Speech Pathologists who has undergone additional training in OM assessment and therapy.

 

We offer comprehensive assessments, including assessment of:

  • Tongue, lip and cheek ties;

  • Oral and nasal airways;

  • Mouth and nasal breathing;

  • Jaw, teeth and palate development;

  • Facial structure;

  • Facial and oral muscle function;

  • Chewing and swallowing efficiency;

  • Oral habits.

 

We also offer treatments for common OMDs, including:

  • Tongue thrusting behaviours;

  • Pre- and post-tongue tie release programs;

  • Oral habits such as thumb sucking;

  • Abnormal muscular patterns;

  • Chewing difficulties;

  • Persistent lisps associated with muscle dysfunction;

  • Mouth breathing and inefficient nasal breathing.  

 

 

Facts About Orofacial Myology:

You don’t have to have speech difficulties or be seeing a speech pathologist to have an OM consultation. If you have concerns about any of the above issues, you can book a consultation with our team to help determine the best course for treatment.

Your regular clinicians may refer you for specialty OM consultation if they feel that you may have an underlying OMD impacting the effectiveness of your existing therapy goals. 

No referral is required to have an OM assessment or consultation. You can self refer at any time.

 

Our OM consultations and treatments are covered by NDIS and Medicare if you are referred under the speech pathology code, as our OMT is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist.