Myofunctional Therapy may be the most important therapy you’ve never heard of! What is it? In simple terms, it’s therapy to help you breathe better.
Puyallup myofunctional therapist, Jennifer Block (that’s her with therapy dog, Gracey), works with children and families looking for myofunctional therapy near Tacoma, and she has seen first hand how making changes in your child’s breathing habits can lead to improvements in attention, behavior, and overall health. Things like swallowing and tongue position can have simple, but profound effects on your child’s tooth alignment, facial development, and more.
If you’ve been trying to help your child with issues around feeding, mouth breathing, speech, sleepiness, or behavior, it may be the surprising solution you’ve been looking for!
If you’re like me, you’ve probably never given much thought to how your child breathes, but it turns out that dysfunctional breathing is a common problem that leads to a whole host of other issues. Lately, we’ve been wondering if our younger son might be having problems getting enough sleep at night. Even though he goes to bed on time, he often looks and acts tired.
Well, at Jennifer’s suggestion, I tiptoed into his bedroom one night, and sure enough….he was breathing with his mouth open!
Now, we all do that if we have a cold, but it turns out that chronic mouth breathing can cause a whole bunch of problems-including issues that look like learning and attention problems.
It can also lead to problems with the growth of the jaws and face, as well as crooked teeth. Mouth breathing has also been associated with some serious problems in later life.
You might suspect a breathing issue if your kiddo is having problems with any of the above. You might also look out for any of these common symptoms (these are just a few of them).
- Tired Eyes
- “Shiners,” under eyes
- Open Mouth or Mouth Breathing At Rest,
- Dry Lips,
- Bed Wetting,
- Chronic Infections
The good news is that kids can learn to breathe better!
And, improved breathing can also improve sleep, mood, behavior, and attention. It may even help eliminate bedwetting, reduce the need for some medications, and reduce the incidence of colds and ear infections.
How does it work? After a very through, free consultation, Jennifer set up a plan of exercises.
They’re very simple (and Henry thinks they’re a little silly) exercises, and it’s a totally non-invasive treatment. We’ve only just started, but we’re very excited to give it a try, and I’ll definitely let you know how it goes!
If you’d like to chat with Jennifer or schedule a free consultation with her, just give her a call at 253.376.8545