Megan is a qualified Oral Health Therapist and Orofacial Myologist with a passion for Children, Breathing and Airways.
She is fully qualified in teaching the Buteyko Breathing Method.
Megan has helped many people stop thumbsucking.
She also sees people after having a tongue tie released.
Megan is very interested in helping relieve Sleep Apnoea.
These programs are aimed at people suffering from Asthma, Migraine, Snoring, Sleep Apnoea and Hayfever.
The simple answer is, training people to breathe as nature intended.
For centuries breathing of everyday people was very different from breathing of modern people. Modern people breathe about 2-3 times more air than our grandparents used to.
Breathing re-education is educating clients to breathe as much are as they need and none that they don’t.
Breathing re-education may offer relief from Asthma, Allergies, Sleep Apnoea, Snoring and Migraine.
A common cause of irregular/dysfunctional breathing is Hyperventilation.
Symptoms of Hyperventilation:
It is therapy that involves an individualised program of exercises to re-pattern oral and facial muscles. Exercises are used to correct tongue and lip resting postures as well as to develop correct chewing and swallowing patterns. Megan is trained to help clients eliminate harmful habits by using positive behavioural techniques. She provides motivational therapy to eliminate such oral habits as: prolonged pacifier use, thumb and/or finger sucking, fingernail biting, cheek or lip biting, tongue sucking and clenching or grinding of the teeth.
Orofacial myology is a specialised professional discipline that evaluates and treats a variety of oral and facial (orofacial) muscle (myo-) postural and functional disorders and habit patterns that may disrupt normal dental development and also create cosmetic problems. The principals involved with the evaluation and treatment of orofacial myofunctional disorders are based upon dental science; however, orofacial myofunctional therapy is not dental treatment.
How does myofunctional therapy differ from dental or orthodontic treatment?
Myofunctional therapy is concerned with orofacial functional patterns and postures when teeth are apart, which they are for over 95% of each day and night. It is aimed at reprogramming muscles and soft tissues.
What are myofunctional disorders and how are they corrected?
An oral myofunctional disorder includes a variety of habit patterns, postures and functional activities that open the dental bite beyond a normal resting or functional range. Thumb and finger sucking; a mouth-open posture with lips apart; a forward rest posture of the tongue; and thrusting of the tongue during speaking and swallowing characterize myofunctional disorders. Such disorders can lead to a disruption of normal dental development in children and over-eruption of selected teeth in adults. The consequence of postural and functional variations involving the lips and tongue are associated with dental malocclusion, cosmetic problems, and even abnormal changes in jaw growth in some patients.
Orofacial myofunctional clinicians are trained to identify and successfully treat the variety of myofunctional disorders. Myofunctional therapy can be basically described as rest posture therapy. Specific treatments involve establishing and stabilizing normal rest postures for tongue and lips, eliminating habit patterns, and correcting swallowing patterns when tongue thrusting is involved. Improvements in appearance are observed during and following therapy.