Nerissa is amongst New Zealand’s first dental professionals to receive training in the emerging field of Orofacial Myology (also known as Myofunctional Therapy).
Those who may benefit include people with:
- Thumb or finger sucking habits
- Open mouth rest postures
- Tongue thrusts
- Mouth breathing
- Tongue ties
- Mild speech articulation problems
Myofunctional therapy is the neuromuscular re-education or re-patterning of the oral and facial muscles.
The therapy includes facial and tongue exercises and changing behavioural techniques to promote proper tongue posture, improved breathing, chewing and swallowing. Proper head and neck postures are also addressed. There are studies that show that it may resolve and also help jaw problems and orthodontic relapse.