Devise exercises to strengthen the tongue and facial muscles.
What does an Orofacial Myologist do?
The tongue is one of the most powerful muscles in the human body. It can poke from between the lips and express the person’s displeasure. It can allow people to say silly sentences such as, “She sells seashells by the seashore.” It also has the ability to taste a wide variety of flavors, from salty to sweet to meaty.
For some people, the tongue can also cause trouble, disrupting speech and moving teeth out of line. Orofacial Myologists can help these people train their tongues to work properly.
Some Orofacial Myologists work with older people who have suffered strokes or other debilitating problems, but most work with small children who have developed problems due to bad habits, poor health, or congenital deformities.
As an Orofacial Myologist, you perform a physical examination to determine how well your patient can breathe, talk, and swallow. In some cases, people must see Otolaryngologists or Orthodontists before you can begin working on them. People who cannot breathe properly or have teeth in odd places need more than just exercises in order to heal.
When your patient is ready for your intervention, you design a series of exercises. You might ask them to roll their tongue across the roof of their mouth. Or, you might tie a button to a piece of string and ask the person to pull on the string while keeping the button in their mouth using their lips. The goal is to strengthen the lips, the tongue, and the facial muscles, and you think of all sorts of crazy ways to target those muscles and make them work hard.