Sleep apnea is a common condition where a person’s breathing stops and starts repeatedly while they sleep. This stop in breathing is caused by a relaxation of the muscles that control soft tissues such as your tongue and soft palate. It can lead to dangerous levels of daytime fatigue, high blood pressure, and other health issues. Of all the potential solutions for sleep apnea, myofunctional therapy
is the least invasive with an excellent track record for efficacy. By focusing on the muscles of the face, tongue, and throat, myofunctional therapy aims to improve breathing, swallowing, and speech patterns. As we strengthen these muscles, we can greatly help alleviate sleep apnea symptoms.
During myofunctional therapy sessions, patients learn exercises that target these muscles. These exercises may involve nasal breathing, tongue and lip movements, and swallowing techniques. By practicing these exercises regularly, patients can improve their muscle function and ultimately improve their breathing patterns.
Studies support these exercises’ efficacy in reducing sleep apnea symptoms. In one study, participants who completed myofunctional therapy reported significant improvements in their sleep quality and reduced symptoms of sleep apnea. Another study found that myofunctional therapy was effective in improving respiratory muscle strength and reducing respiratory distress in patients with sleep apnea.
If you’re struggling with sleep apnea, myofunctional therapy may be a helpful solution for you. To get started, schedule a consultation with Sandraluz Gonzalez. That way, she can assess your condition and create a personalized treatment plan for you. With consistent practice and guidance, myofunctional therapy can help you breathe easier and sleep better.