Myofunctional Therapy can be a helpful adjunct to the treatment of sleep apnea, reflux and aerophagia.
Correcting the swallow pattern helps in building the lifting of the soft palate and increasing nasal breathing. This allows for greater airflow and decrease of snoring. In turn there is more oxygen taken in continuously.
When a correct swallow exists it causes more force in the initiation of the swallow. This helps in a more forceful start to the peristalsis, allowing for what is being swallowed to move further into the stomach and not become caught in the esophagus, allowing for the potential of reflux.
This may not remedy reflux entirely, but contribute to the potential of decreased episodes and possible decrease in the amount of medication taken.
A reverse swallow creates positive pressure, which results in some individuals swallowing large quantities of air. This can result in excessive burping, belching, stomach discomfort and aerophagia. Once the swallow is corrected, there is a decrease in air that is taken in, and these conditions can dramatically improve.