Comprehensive Myofunctional Exam and Posture

Comprehensive Myofunctional Exam and Posture

Posted by Renee North on 13th Jan 2023

Your myofunctional evaluation will include observing the patient's breathing, speech, eating, drinking, facial symmetry and posture. Performing orofacial and myofunctional exams with a posture grid is considered best practice. The posture chart allows the therapist to set a baseline and capture specific measurements during the examination.

The findings of the orofacial myofunctional posture disorders assessment can then be shared with the therapeutic team which may include:

  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Certified Orofacial Myologist
  • Dentist
  • Oral surgeon
  • Orthodontist
  • Otolaryngologist
  • Physician
  • Plastic surgeon
  • Physical therapist
  • Sleep Apnea Specialist
  • Allergist
  • Certified Posture Specialist (CPEP)
  • Speech Pathologist 
  • Periodontist 
  • Maxillofacial Surgeon

After a detailed case history of dental, orthodontics, eating and oral habits, as well as previous treatments the myofunctional assessment can proceed with the patient/client standing in front of the grid:

  • Oral-Facial Exam 
  • Document Facial features 
  • Note Lips/tongue/palate position 
  • Teeth 
  • Oral pharyngeal 
  • Swallowing 
  • Articulation

Capturing a picture of the subject in front of the posture grid during the evaluation is valuable to:

  • Set a baseline for improvement
  • Show asymmetries
  • Communicate findings to the patient and medical team
  • Document pre and post treatment changes
  • Document improvement or decline, with and without intervention

Best posture assessment chart for dental exams:

PostureZone is the industry leader for incorporating posture and postural finding in myofunctional and orofacial exams and are the chart used by thousands of clinics, hospitals and universities worldwide.  Here are just a few >>>

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