Physical exercise is a great way to ease many health issues but did you know you can exercise your mouth? Myofunctional therapy can help those suffering from swallowing issues or snoring. Tongue exercises can also help those with speech impediments learn to speak more clearly. If you’re battling obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, myofunctional therapy could be a holistic approach to easing symptoms.
Myofunctional therapy is an exercise regimen for the mouth to help regain proficient speaking ability
Myofunctional therapy is an exercise regimen for the mouth to help regain proficient speaking ability, ease breathing difficulty, reduce snoring, and ease a sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea. Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) impact muscle function in the mouth and face and as a result, breathing, speaking, and eating ability are hindered. Myofunctional therapy trains the soft tissue of the mouth, face, and neck to gain its highest functionality. In certain circumstances, myofunctional therapy may be coupled with frenuloplasty or mandibular advancement orofacial surgeries.
Your oral cavity is made up of salivary glands, taste buds, throat, lips cheeks, and tongue muscles
Your oral cavity is made up of salivary glands, taste buds, throat, lips cheeks, and tongue muscles. Mouth exercises can help tone up the muscles surrounding your airway to ease snoring and help you breathe more easily. They will also train your tongue to sit correctly and not obstruct your breathing from poor tongue posture.
The oropharynx area is in the back of your mouth and relates to the sides of the throat, back of the tongue, tonsils, soft palate (roof of the mouth), and adenoids. Mouth exercises strengthen the floppy tissue that vibrates during sleep, causing loud snoring or obstructive sleep apnea.
It typically takes 10-15 minutes of mouth exercise every day for a period of three months to start noticing the benefits. When starting a gym routine to help get in shape, results take time and perseverance. Mouth exercise can be performed almost anywhere at any time, which makes it easy to fit it any schedule.
To combat snoring, your doctor or myofunctional therapist may introduce you to the following tongue exercises:
To help reduce snoring or relieve sleep apnea symptoms, your doctor may also suggest:
Throat exercises can reduce snoring, and ease your sleep disorder. Poor sleep quality can exacerbate sleep disorders and cause many health problems and anxiety. With mouth exercises, physical exercise, and other lifestyle changes, you can reduce snoring and sleep apnea symptoms to get a better night’s sleep.