I was recently interviewed by Dr. Justin Trosclair, D.C. for his A Doctor’s Perspective Podcast. The podcast episode just went live and I’m glad to be able to share it with you on my MyoMentor blog.
Since my earliest days as a myofunctional therapist, I’ve been focused on spreading the message about myofunctional therapy to as many patients and health professionals as possible. In the early days of my career, it was a bit of a struggle because myofunctional therapy just wasn’t all that well known.
But over the last few years, that’s all changed, and this podcast is just one example of the paradigm shift that’s happening in the world of myofunctional therapy.
The field is becoming more prominent all the time, and health professionals around the world are starting to take serious notice about myofunctional therapy and how it needs to be included as part of a holistic approach to preventing and treating a wide range of health conditions.
Dr. Trosclair is a chiropractor, and I take it as a great sign that he reached out to me because he heard about myofunctional therapy through a doctor he interviewed on his podcast.
What was the connection?
The doctor in question practices sleep medicine. Myofunctional therapy is an indispensable part of any multidisciplinary approach to treating sleep disordered breathing conditions including obstructive sleep apnea and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome. Once he heard about the field, Dr. Trosclair decided to do some research about myofunctional therapy, which led him to my Faceology website.
I’m seeing this type of connection on a daily basis in my practice as the word about myofunctional therapy spreads further and further. Myofunctional therapy is a critical part of addressing and treating sleep disordered breathing, tongue-ties, and TMD issues, along with other health conditions ranging from gastrointestinal disturbances to dental and gum issues.
As the patients and professionals dealing with these conditions become more aware of the benefits of the therapy, my practice is getting busier and busier. I’m about to hire another therapist for my treatment team, which shows just how much my practice has expanded in the last few years as the field has grown.
What’s In This Episode?
We covered a lot of ground in the podcast. I think almost anyone interested in myofunctional therapy will find something of interest when they listen to it, whether they’re an experienced myofunctional therapist or someone newly introduced to the field or a dentist interested in learning more about it.
The topics include:
The goals of myofunctional therapy
Why do we even need myofunctional therapy?
What are some of the reasons why people stop nasal breathing and instead develop a mouth breathing habit?
How mouth breathing can change the shape of a growing child’s jaw and face, and the long-term ramifications of these developmental changes.
How can sleep apnea develop from suboptimal craniofacial development.
Simple myofunctional therapy-related questions to use while getting a health history from a patient.
What facial characteristics are common and easily noticeable on people who have oral-myofunctional disorders?
Thumb sucking, pacifier use, and breast feeding
Are tongue ties a result of epigenetic changes?
What’s the difference between anterior and posterior tongue ties?
Can myofunctional therapy allow children to not need orthodontic treatment?
Can orthodontic appliances help people with oral-myofunctional disorders?
Why did I switch from my brick and mortar practice locations to doing telemedicine and starting an online-only practice?
I’ve done several podcasts and been interviewed a lot over the years, but this is definitely one of my favorite interviews ever. It was great to get into the business aspects of myofunctional therapy in our discussion. I hope you enjoy it!
You can click the image above or here to access the episode, and the links to listen to the podcast on various platforms are below:
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