Some OMFT measurements and exercises can be painful for clients with an under-applied lip band. A button with a recess has now been developed especially for them, which can be used during the Force Scale measurement, the button exercise and the bottle exercise. In this way, the necessary measurements and exercises can be done pain-free.
The upper and lower lips each have their own lip band, which ensures that the lips stay in place while eating, drinking, talking, laughing and all other mouth movements. If a lip band is applied too short or too low, curling and closing the lips can cause problems. In an earlier article, the consequences of a restrictive lip band and/or tongue band were discussed.
With a relatively small operation, a limiting lip band can usually be remedied. However, this often only happens at a later age; at least after the second tooth change phase. Until then, measurements and exercises using a rope with a ordinary OMFT button can be painful. Speech therapist Alma Jansen-Boldewijn from the Netherlands has therefore devised a modified OMFT button. This allows the Force Scale measurement and lip-pressure-increasing exercises to take place pain-free for clients with a lip that is too low or too short. The specially prepared buttons for this are made by OMFT.info and can now be ordered in the webshop.
When it is better to work with the adjusted button, it soon becomes apparent in practice. This is the case if a lip band that is placed too low is detected (see the photo on the right) or if the client indicates during the bottle or button exercise that the normal button hurts.