There's always a sense of unusual that floods my thoughts when pain arises. A feeling of not being welcome in my own body. If I could just get back to "normal," or that feeling where you do not have much if any awareness of a particular body part; I would do anything for that return… Continue reading Naturally Managing Head Pain
An Open Response on the Other Side of a "Dubious" Fix to Oral Posture By 1925 there were more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and researched publications regarding myofunctional therapy, a therapy that nearly 100 years later has faced much criticism. Led by the negative experience of a woman and various social media posts where… Continue reading The Evidenced Based World of Myofunctional Therapy
Simply because you recently learned of myofunctional therapy, does not mean it is new. The first mention of myofunctional therapy and the impact of proper functional of the facial and tongue muscles on oral development happened in 1918! Myofunctional therapy origins go all the way back to the father of orthodontics, Dr. Edward Angle. His… Continue reading Can myofunctional therapy prevent the need for braces? An example of pseudo-myofunctional therapy in the 90s
Can’t afford myofunctional therapy, orthodontic appliance alternatives, and bodywork in managing your airway centered disorder? You are likely not alone. The gap of inequity, especially among minorities and low income households in affordable options and access to care is increasing. One of the many silent consequences of this global pandemic. Health care is continuously evolving… Continue reading The Growing Disparity and Poor Affordability in Airway
These are interesting and trying times across the globe. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading and the world is grappling with new realities and possibilities. In this time of stress and worry there is a high probability that you may not be getting much sleep. Worst of all, the sleep you get may lack quality restoration.… Continue reading The Sleep Apnea Solution You Haven't Tried
It took 10 years and a pediatric dentist for me to realize that I was a terrible mother. I fell into the trap of taking the pediatrician at her word. She said they would grow out of these problems, she advised medication for years before I regretfully succumbed, and she said it was all normal.… Continue reading My kids were ignored, heed my warning: Don’t let doctors ignore yours
So you had what you thought was going to be a routine dental or medical evaluation and your provider has just informed you that you and/or your child has a breathing or airway issue. You are understandably confused and possibly have been given too much information about a problem you never knew existed. You have… Continue reading An airway issue has been identified…now what?
There's always that point in a career where you start to second guess your trajectory. In dental hygiene, unfortunately, it comes sooner than most other careers. With the introduction of COVID-19 precautions and additional PPE requirements, many are lost navigating a world of workplace satisfaction and safety. Then there's the thought about how much you… Continue reading How to become a myofunctional therapist?
Two of the most common Google searches regarding this subject is by those entering "is myofunctional therapy legit" and "is myofunctional therapy a scam?" There is nothing wrong with skepticism, it's a human quality that protects us. Had more people Googled "is the Fyre Festival a scam," prior to paying for it, that may have… Continue reading Myofunctional Therapy Doesn’t Work: Top 3 Reasons Why
From the womb my eldest daughter found her greatest comfort. No, not me or my womb. Not the nourishment from the umbilical cord, or security of the amniotic fluid. Her thumb encroached on my rightful space as her greatest comfort before we could even meet. For a decade we battled about her love of that… Continue reading Free Thumb Sucking Elimination Program
I distinctly remember taking my son to the pediatric neurologist the day he was diagnosed. He was 10 and the appointment, frankly, was overdue. His kindergarten teacher was the first to mention his inability to focus. During circle time the sun shone a bright ray through the classroom window. This illuminated the “sun fuzzies” (shout… Continue reading 7 Simple Steps to Natural ADHD Management Without Medication
Social media is the most powerful method of spreading awareness and impacting change. Using no more than a # has congregated like-minded people to combat political injustice, gender inequality, civil rights, and charitable needs. #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, #ASLIceBucketChallenge, and #BringBackOurGirls are just a few of the most popular and long lasting efforts of awareness that have… Continue reading Tongue Tie Awareness with #FreeTongueMovement