The core symptoms that OMT seeks to correct are: a tongue thrust swallowing pattern, low tongue posture, mouth breathing, and open mouth posture. These symptoms are all connected and the tongue is the common link. The tongue can be physically tied or tethered, often referred to as a tongue-tie or tongue restriction. A tongue-thrust is a dysfunctional swallowing pattern that can occur from low muscle tone and is usually caused by mouth breathing. Both a tongue tie and a tongue thrust involve low tongue posture which can lead to open mouth posture and therefore, mouth breathing. The tongue is part of the airway and thus affects airway health. When we work to optimize habits and function, our focus is ultimately always relating back to the health of the airway.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, a dysfunctional pattern or habit has occurred. This is not our healthy, natural state and can lead to bigger problems over time. Dysfunctions must be corrected before orthodontic work, C-PAP, tongue tie release, or other treatment in order for them to be the most effective. Identifying and correcting basic habits and functional patterns help us to address the root cause of bigger issues. When we work together, we are always trying to connect what's happening locally with the bigger picture of the whole body.
The goals of OMT will always focus on:
If these goals are habituated, symptoms can be reduced or eliminated and proper dental and craniofacial development will occur in growing children.
Everything in your body is connected! The tongue is part of the airway and thus affects airway health. When we work to optimize habits and function, our focus is ultimately always relating back to the health of the airway.