Orofacial Myology: Exploring Available Treatments and Benefits

At Connect2Care, our Myofunctional therapists or Orofacial Myologists work hard to expand their knowledge to provide high-quality care to our clients. 

What Is Orofacial Myology?

Orofacial myology, also known as myofunctional therapy, focuses on assessing and treating various issues related to the muscles in the mouth and face. It involves targeted exercises to enhance functional muscle use, addressing a wide range of concerns & treatments, including:

  • Assessment of Tongue Tie: Evaluating and treating restricted tongue movement.
  • Screening for Sleep & Airway Issues: Identifying potential sleep-disordered breathing and airway obstructions.
  • Mouth Breathing and Open Mouth Posture: Addressing habitual mouth breathing and correcting open mouth posture.
  • Breaking Oral Habits: Helping individuals stop thumb-sucking and other detrimental oral habits.
  • Tongue Thrust Swallowing: Correcting improper swallowing patterns.
  • Lisps Associated with Tongue Thrust: Treating speech issues related to tongue thrust.
  • Chewing Difficulties: Improving mastication and overall oral function.
  • Impacted Dentition and Post-Orthodontic Intervention: Managing dental alignment issues and providing post-braces care.
  • Pain in the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ): Relieving TMJ pain through targeted exercises.
  • Asymmetrical Appearance of the Face or Lips: Correcting muscle imbalances that affect facial symmetry.

Our therapists at Connect2Care are dedicated to providing personalised treatment plans tailored to each individual’s needs. We recognise Myofunctional Therapists’ significant role in their invaluable contributions to optimising muscle function and airway health.

Signs You Might Need Orofacial Myology Therapy

Here are some signs that you or someone you know may benefit from orofacial myology therapy:

  • Taking supplementary breaths through their mouth or sounding out of breath when reading aloud.
  • Chapped, dry lips.
  • Daytime sleepiness with dark circles under the eyes.
  • Snoring or audible breathing and/or tooth grinding at night.
  • Recurrent need for grommets and/or nasal sprays.
  • History of speech articulation difficulties (e.g. lisps).
  • Previous difficulties latching and the presence of oral ties.
  • Dental crowding or no space between baby teeth.
  • Malocclusions (e.g. open-bite, deep-bite, under-bite, over-jet).
  • Oral habits (e.g., nail-biting, thumb-sucking, or prolonged dummy use).
  • Elongated facial features and overactive facial muscles.
  • Jaw pain and associated discomfort.
  • Attention, concentration, behavioural concerns and anxiety.

If you or a loved one presents with multiple signs from the list above, you may wish to consider myofunctional therapy! Reach out to our team today for more information or learn more about our services here.

The Role of Myofunctional Therapists at Connect2Care

Our qualified Connect2Care  Orofacial Myologists are committed to providing high-quality care through personalised orofacial myology treatment plans. Our approach ensures that each client’s unique needs are addressed, promoting optimal muscle function & improved overall health.

For more information, please feel free to contact our friendly team directly. You can also learn more about our other services, including NDIS Speech Pathology, NDIS Physiotherapy, NDIS Occupational Therapy and Early Intervention Support Services.

Explore How Exercise Improves Mental Health and Physical Health

Exercise can be hugely beneficial in the management of chronic pain, conditions and disabilities. It can improve strength, balance, sleep, the effectiveness of pharmacological interventions, and cognition. Exercise Physiologists can assist any individual who may benefit from exercise, including those with physical and mental health conditions.

Benefits of Exercise for Mental and Physical Health

Regular exercise and physical activity provides numerous benefits for both mental health, physical health and overall wellbeing. Here’s a closer look at how exercise improves health:

Physical Benefits of Exercise

  • Improves Strength and Balance: Exercise helps build muscle strength and improve balance, reducing the risk of falls and injuries. This is particularly important for individuals with chronic conditions or disabilities.
  • Enhances Sleep Quality: Regular physical activity can help regulate sleep patterns, leading to better quality sleep & overall wellbeing.
  • Boosts Cognitive Function: Exercise has been shown to enhance cognitive functions, such as memory, attention & problem-solving skills.
  • Enhances Pharmacological Interventions: Exercise can enhance the effectiveness of medications by improving overall body function & health.

Benefits of Exercise on Mental Health

  • Reduces Symptoms of Depression & Anxiety: Engaging in regular exercise can significantly reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, improving overall mental health.
  • Manages Negative Emotions: Physical activity, such as boxing, can be an effective way to manage negative emotions & stress.
  • Increases Independence and Confidence: Regular exercise can boost self-confidence and promote a sense of independence, especially in individuals with disabilities.

How Exercise Improves Health at Connect2Care

Connect2Care’s Melbourne-based Exercise Physiologist, Matilda, has been working alongside her client to find a sustainable and enjoyable exercise regime. This approach has resulted in improved compliance and better outcomes. The goal was to increase independence, strength & confidence, and Matilda successfully engaged her client in boxing.

Matilda’s client continues to engage in weekly Exercise Physiology sessions and regularly performs their home exercise program. The results have been astounding, with her client indicating that daily boxing is an incredibly positive method of managing her negative emotions! They have also shown improvement in their strength and technique.

Matilda is now incorporating more challenging variations of exercises into the program so that her client can continue to reach and exceed their exercise goals, striving to improve both their physical and mental health.

The Importance of Exercise for Overall Health & Wellbeing

Understanding the numerous benefits of exercise and physical activity is crucial for everyone. Whether it’s improving mental health or enhancing physical capabilities, exercise plays a vital role. Here are some additional benefits of regular exercise, physical activity and movement:

  • Improved Cardiovascular Health: Regular exercise strengthens the heart and improves circulation, reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • Weight Management: Physical activity helps in maintaining a healthy weight by burning calories and building muscle mass.
  • Bone Health: Weight-bearing exercises improve bone density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis in later life.
  • Immune Function: Regular exercise boosts the immune system, helping the body fight off illnesses more effectively.

How to Start an Exercise Program

Starting an exercise program can be challenging and may feel a little daunting at the start, but with the right guidance, it can be an extremely rewarding experience! Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Consult with a Professional: A qualified Exercise Physiologist can help design a personalised exercise program that suits your specific needs and goals.
  • Set Realistic Goals: Begin with smaller, achievable goals and gradually increase the intensity & duration of your workouts.
  • Stay Consistent: Consistency is key to reaping the benefits of exercise. Aim for regular sessions each week.
  • Find Enjoyable Activities: Choose activities that you enjoy to make exercise a fun part of your routine!

Embrace the Benefits of Physical Activity & Exercise For Improved Health Outcomes

Exercise and physical activity are powerful tools for improving both mental and physical health. The benefits of exercise are extensive, from enhancing cognitive function and managing emotions to strengthening muscles and improving sleep quality. Notably, exercise improves mental health by reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, and promoting overall emotional well-being. It also enhances physical health by boosting cardiovascular fitness, improving strength and flexibility & aiding in weight management.

At Connect2Care, our experienced Exercise Physiologists are dedicated to helping individuals achieve their health goals through tailored exercise programs. If you or a loved one is looking to improve health through exercise, contact our friendly today to learn more about our NDIS exercise physiology services! Discover how exercise can positively impact your life and unlock new opportunities for growth and development!

It is Connect2Care’s mission to provide excellent quality services and support to our clients in ways that make them feel empowered and allow them to achieve their goals.

Recently, our Physiotherapist Lisa had a breakthrough with a client. The client had previously been hospitalized for 10 months, during which he saw progress and regression with his ability to stand.

Once discharged from the hospital, the client began seeing Lisa, and with her help and the assistance of the equipment she was able to get funded for him, he could stand up with assistance after a few sessions. After less than 3 months of working with Lisa, the client could pull himself up to standing, utilizing the equipment Lisa had worked to fund for him.

This is a powerful example of how the Connect2Care staff work to empower their clients and help them to achieve their goals.

At Connect2Care, our passion is ensuring participants are provided with a support network that goes above and beyond therapeutic services. We ensure they have the assistance they need to live a complete life.

Our clinicians work hard to provide a service that is in line with the goals and priorities of their clients.

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Assistive technology can be highly beneficial for helping to maintain and improve everyday functions. The use of assistive technology can create more independence and increase opportunities to perform tasks and make decisions.

Some examples of the assistive technology provided at Connect2Care include:

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Our Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists provide different types of assistive technology to their clients. One specific assistive technology provided by Connect2Care’s speech pathologists is a high-tech device that allows people to communicate when they don’t have the option to communicate verbally.

This device allows people to communicate using their eyesight and slight body movements. Using this device can give people the ability to convey their thoughts and how they feel when they otherwise may not have been able to.

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Exercise Physiology is a service provided at Connect2Care that involves exercise-based therapy and intervention for various health issues. Exercise Physiologists help to treat and manage chronic conditions, injuries and disabilities through exercise. This is a well-established treatment modality to reduce the risk of disease and improve outcomes for people experiencing chronic disease.

Exercise physiologists prescribe exercise interventions that are specific to each individual. They also provide patient education and can assist with facilitating behaviour change for long-term health benefits.

Exercise physiologists can work with a wide range of health conditions and can also help prevent and manage injuries.

They use multiple forms of exercise treatment, including strength training, aerobic training, balance and hydrotherapy.

 

“If the benefits of exercise could come from a pill, every doctor would prescribe it” – Matilda, Exercise Physiologist.

 

There are endless benefits that come from exercise, and our Exercise Physiologist can help you achieve these benefits.

 

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The Allied Health capability framework provided by health.vic is to understand the capabilities of allied health to support the needs of those with disability.

The domain of Individual support and its capabilities are as follows:

1. Understands disability and complex support needs

2. Promotes independence and informed choice

3. Works in partnership with the person to set and achieve goals

4. Thinks flexibly and tailors interventions to the person

5. Communicates effectively

6. Works collaboratively with the person’s supports

Interprofessional practice:  

7. Operates within the scope of practice

8. Collaborates with interprofessional

Systems: 

9. Navigates the National Disability Insurance Scheme

10. Collaborates across service systems

Quality, Safety and Ethics: 

11. Acts ethically and resolves conflicts

12. Promotes safety, quality and inclusion

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A discussion with the national committee members of the APA disability group, Catherine Kohlenberg, Denise Luscombe, Bas Jansen and state committee members provided five points as to why physiotherapy is important to people with disability.

Five points:  

1. Cerebral palsy-specific early interventions maximise neuroplasticity 

Physiotherapists play a key role in early intervention through utilising motor training-based activities that prompt neuroplasticity. By stimulating neuroplasticity, a physiotherapist works to rehabilitate and improve an individual’s quality of life. At Connect2Care, our physiotherapists work within an interdisciplinary team, providing the best outcomes for individuals.

2. Physiotherapists play a vital role in early childhood intervention 

Our physiotherapists work to ensure the best practices and guidelines for children and families through early childhood intervention. A physiotherapist takes on a “coach role” whilst other therapists form the team around the child. Connect2Care therapists work within the team and the community where family priorities are focused.

 3. Physiotherapists are trained to improve physical fitness

Lowered physical activity has implications for emotional well-being and overall health. Physiotherapists are trained to improve strength-building and motor skills. As Connect2Care works closely with the NDIS, all of our physiotherapists are available for face-to-face and telehealth appointments now!

 

4. Postural care: prevention is better than cure  

Understanding how to prevent issues with postural care is crucial! Supported lying is an aligning of the body in a non-destructive position in bed. Our physiotherapists can assess and support clients in developing prevention techniques for postural care.

5. To measure is to know 

Standardised assessments are leading to the identification and prevention of functional issues. This outcome-based approach to therapy is in keeping with the national standards set out by the APA and is practised by our physiotherapists. Whilst these tools are important, our therapists are also adaptive to client needs and will identify the appropriate tool on an individual basis.

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The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) has collated data in a report published the 30th of June 2020. The report details how families and carers of participants feel about the NDIS and if it has improved their lives over the past few years in the introduction phase.

 

Each family member and caregiver of a participant over the age of 25 were asked these five questions:
  1. Has the introduction of NDIS helped with rights and advocacy?
  2. Has the introduction of NDIS improved the level of support given?
  3. Has the introduction of NDIS provided greater access to community activities?
  4. Has the introduction of NDIS helped with future planning?
  5. Has the introduction of NDIS improved your wellbeing?

 

The research findings showed that families and carers of participants over the age of 25 improved in each criterion area, over a three-year period within the NDIS. Families and carers of participants of an older age were more likely to state that the NDIS with rights and advocacy and with future planning.

 

Families and caregivers that care for participants with physical disabilities and autism are less likely to agree that the NDIS helped engage with community activities than those with intellectual disability. It is up to us as NDIS planners and providers to increase access to these activities and raise the vulnerable to the same standard so that everyone has adequate access to NDIS service providers.
Families and carers of participants in remote or rural areas were more likely to agree that the NDIS has improved the level of support for their families. As Connect2Care expands, we will endeavour to service those with limited access to NDIS services.

What is At-Home Care?

At-home, mobile care is a service where healthcare and support are provided in the comfort of one’s own home. This approach is particularly beneficial for individuals managing long-term conditions, disabilities, and mobility issues.

Benefits of At-Home Care

  1. Comfort of Familiar Surroundings: At-home care allows clients to receive professional support in the familiar setting of their own home, offering a sense of security and comfort that is invaluable for wellbeing.
  2. Maintaining Independence: Receiving care in one’s own home enhances personal choice and independence. It also includes the integration of assistive technologies that are tailored to suit the home environment, helping people to maintain a sense of autonomy.
  3. Focused and Individualised Care: Services are designed to focus on specific areas of need and take the environment into consideration, ensuring effective and personalised care.
  4. Personal One-on-One Sessions: At-home care is delivered as one-on-one care, fostering a deeper and more personal relationship between the client and therapist, which is fundamental to effective care.
  5. Supporting Families: At-home care also greatly benefits family members, particularly those who are primary carers. Sharing the caregiving responsibilities offers family members much-needed respite and peace of mind.

Connect2Care’s At-Home and Mobility Services

At Connect2Care, we provide a range of therapeutic supports to people of all ages, including Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Exercise Physiology, Physiotherapy, and Psychology. Our services are predominately mobile, which means we travel to our clients, providing therapy in their home and community settings. If you’re interested in our at-home care/mobile services, contact us today.
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Dyslexia is a very common learning disability in Australia, with an estimated 20% of children suffering from mild to severe dyslexia. By working with a speech pathologist for speech therapy for dyslexia, individuals gain several benefits.

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia, primarily known as a language-based disorder, significantly impacts an individual’s ability to read. For individuals with dyslexia, honing reading strategies and skills becomes a vital part of their journey.

The role of speech therapy in managing dyslexia

Speech pathologists help with the assessment and treatment of dyslexia. They are trained to access overall language skills, including those critical to reading, such a phonological awareness and subsequent targeting intervention to help individuals with dyslexia learn to read.

Phonological awareness is essential for reading, writing, rhyming, and manipulating syllables, such as blending and segmenting. These skills allow us to understand what sounds make up a particular word and manipulate sounds to form words. Programs that target phonological awareness and literacy skills are available, such as ‘The Gillon Phonological Awareness Training Programme.’

Benefits of speech therapy for dyslexia

  1. Building Phonological Skills: A key focus in dyslexia therapy is enhancing phonological awareness. This makes the process of reading and writing more approachable and less daunting.
  2. Reading with Ease and Understanding: Through speech therapy sessions, individuals with dyslexia can improve their reading skills. This leads to better understanding and enjoyment of reading, turning a challenging task into a delightful experience.
  3. Growing Confidence: As reading becomes less challenging, there is often a wonderful growth in self-esteem. This newfound confidence can positively influence all areas of life, including school and social situations.

Speech pathologists at Connect2Care

Connect2Care’s experienced Speech Pathologists are ready to provide expert, caring assistance to unlock the full potential of every individual. Contact us today to learn more about our dyslexia therapy services and how we can support your journey towards success and confidence.

 

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References:

1. The Gillon Phonological Awareness Training Programme booklet: Microsoft Word – programme booklet 2008.doc (canterbury.ac.nz)

2. Reading Rockets | Launching Young Readers  this website provides general information about reading and some research-based reading strategies/intervention; it is also a good source for finding the appropriate books based on age, genre, and reading level.

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