The Four Goals of Myofunctional Therapy are:
- Nasal breathing, day and night
- Lips together, day and night
- Proper tongue posture, day and night
- Correct swallowing pattern
The proverb, “The Nose is for Breathing, The Mouth is for Eating [and speaking] ” sums up how our mouths and noses are intended to primarily function. Correcting oral rest posture by achieving the 4 goals of therapy can lead to improved sleep and overall health. For children, proper oral rest posture is imperative to guide the face and jaws to develop and grow to their full genetic potential.
The effort is worth it! The 4 goals may seem simple but when a person has spent many years as a mouth breather, change requires practice over time and may require a multidisciplinary healthcare team approach. The long term goal of therapy is to create new neuromuscular pathways that can lead to permanent change.