Lip Trainer™ - LT
Improvement of swallowing and peri-oral muscle function
The LT focuses on improving the strength, stretch and tone of the lip and cheek muscles, while simultaneously retraining the patient's swallow. It perfectly adapts to the shape of the patient's arch which effectively engages their peri-oral musculature and is a significant improvement on the traditional 'button pull' exercise used in myofunctional therapy. The LT is used in all of MRC's treatment systems but can also be used on its own by practitioners providing myofunctional therapy.
Directions for Use
The LT appliance should be used for two minutes, twice a day, to gain the full benefits of its exercising features, and can be increased in duration depending on the instructions from the practitioner. Ensure that the LT does not 'suction' to the teeth, as this will be working the wrong muscles. In order to ensure this, keep the tip of the tongue on the spot and slightly fill the mouth with air for the entirety of the exercise.
Attach the detachable strap to the LT by pushing it up through the hole on the front of the appliance.
Then push it down through the hole on the strap. Pull on the end of the strap to secure it in place.
Insert the LT into the mouth between the lips and teeth with the lip bumpers to the bottom.
Close lips and pull on the strap horizontally while keeping the lips squeezed tightly together. If the LT falls out, place it back into the mouth. Use enough force for the lip muscles to really work to hold the LT in place. Do not allow it to 'suction'.
Vary the exercise by pulling the strap slightly upwards and downwards (to about a 45 degree angle while keeping your head still) to strengthen the upper and lower lips individually. Lips should be fatigued by the end of the exercise.
Cleaning the LT
The Myotalea® appliance should be cleaned under warm running water every time the patient removes it from their mouth.
Use Myoclean™ tablets to thoroughly clean twice a week. Myoclean™ is the recommended cleaning agent for all MRC appliances.