Understanding Oral Rest Posture

At Cumberland OMT, we understand the importance of oral rest posture when it comes to OMT (or Orofacial Myology). We want to help you assess your own oral rest posture in order to identify possible problems or areas of improvement.

When evaluating your own oral rest posture, there are a few key questions you should ask yourself. 

  1. Where is the TIP of your tongue? Is it touching the roof of your mouth or resting against your teeth? 
  2. You should check to see where the BACK of your tongue is resting. Ideally, it should be resting against the floor of your mouth, allowing for proper breathing and swallowing patterns.
  3. It’s important to assess whether your lips are open or closed. Generally, the mouth should remain slightly parted when in a relaxed state. 
  4. Finally, ask yourself if you are breathing through your nose or your mouth. Most people naturally breathe through their noses unless they have difficulty doing so due to allergies or other medical conditions.

If you performed this quick Self-Eval and you are concerned about your or a loved one’s oral rest posture, please talk with our team at Cumberland OMT.

The Cumberland OMT team in Camp Hill, PA, are here to help you determine the best OMT treatments or exercises for your needs. Contact us today for a consultation and to learn more about OMT and how it can benefit your overall well being.