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Myofunctional Therapy Appointments

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Infants, Toddlers, Children, Teens and Adults

Did you know that Oral Restrictions are a systemic, whole body issue, and not just a mouth issue?

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy -OMT- is a neurologic re-education or re-patterning therapy for Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs).  OMT uses specific therapeutic techniques to assist in proper function, growth, development, and esthetics.  Correcting these habits has an enormous benefit not only for the present but for future development and growth. 


Myofunctional Therapy is not just a list of exercises.  It is progressive, individualized therapy that works with you step by step through the oral motor complex including the tongue, lips, cheeks, jaw and neck.


Tongue Tie

Chicago Craniofacial Pain & Rehab can assess whether a patient is affected by tongue tie and advise on possible treatment plans which may be as simple as therapy sessions to train the tongue to proper rest posture.

In some cases, a referral to a provider who can perform a frenectomy to free the tongue may be needed.

Myofunctional therapy sessions are highly recommended before and after the frenectomy to train the tongue into a proper rest posture.


In addition to myofunctional therapy services we provide bodywork for both before and after tongue tie release.


TMJ Disorders

Chicago Craniofacial Pain & Rehab applies techniques to rebalance the muscles of the mouth, face, and neck.

Father and Son Taking a Nap

Sleep Apnea, Mouth Breathing and Airway

Chicago Craniofacial Pain & Rehab therapy sessions help exercise and strengthen the muscles of the mouth and throat promoting better sleep and breathing habits.

Airway and Breathing issues can lead to brain fog, fatigue, behavioral issues, ADHD like symptoms and multitude of other health disorders.  OMT can help improve airway structure function and improve overall health.

Father and Son Taking a Nap

Oral Habits

Thumb, finger, pacifier and other sucking habits can lead to bite issues, speech problems and airway concerns.

Chicago Craniofacial Pain & Rehab can work with you to help eliminate these habits.

Common Questions

What are common conditions OMT may address?
 OMT addresses any number of symptoms involving the muscles of the face and oral cavity, such as: Tongue Tie, Tongue Thrust, Mouth Breathing, Excessive Sleepiness, Snoring, Dark circles around eyes, Teeth Grinding, Open Bites, Narrow Jaws, Crooked Teeth, Airway Disordered Breathing, TMJ Disorders and Headaches.

What is the right age for OMT?
Any age is the right age.  OMT evaluations are recommended for infants, toddlers, school age children, teens and adults.  If you suspect an issue with the function of the tongue or facial muscles schedule an appointment for an OMT evaluation.

Can I use my insurance or HSA/FSA?
We will try our best to utilize your medical insurance coverage.  We are in network with BCBS PPO and AETNA PPO plans.  You can also use your HSA or FSA accounts to make payments and we can provide you with the proper receipts for reimbursement.

What should I expect at my first visit?
Your first myofunctional therapy visit takes about 45 minutes.  During this visit you will receive an orofacial examination and consultation.  You will be provided with a diagnosis and proper referrals if needed.  Your individualized treatment plan will be discussed with you and you will have the opportunity to ask questions about your myofunctional care.  When you decide to start your myofunctional therapy journey follow-up appointments are typically 25-30 minutes. 

Not ready to commit to a full exam: 10-15 minute No Charge Screenings are available on a limited basis if you have questions prior to scheduling an examination and consultation.  Screenings consist of visual inspection and a verbal recommendation, no diagnosis will be made and referral letters can not be provided based on a screening.  We will try our best to accommodate any same day examination requests, however depending on the day's schedule an examination appointment may not be available at the time of your screening visit.

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