Myospots, a must have tool in Myofunctional Therapy and Correcting Tongue Posture
What are Myospots made from?
Myospots are made of safe, natural ingredients. The product is designed in Australia by Myospots Australia Pty LTd and is manufactured by Acino Pharma in Switzerland under European GMP.
The main composition of Myospots is a mixture of Algae agar, cellulose gum and xanthan gum. In addition, there are small concentrations of the following: stevia (sweetener), natural fruit flavour (banana, blueberry or strawberry), natural colour and a safe preservative (potassium sorbate) to protect the product against microbial growth.
There is no gluten, soy or dairy products in composition. There is also no animal derived product in the composition, making Myospots suitable for vegans.
Myospots are listed as class-1 medical device with Australian Register for Therapeutic Goods (ARTG-326829) and have a European GPSD (General Product Safety Directive) certificate.
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What are Myospots and how do they work?
Please note the following when attaching the spot to the roof of your mouth:
Myospots are not sticky and this is why they do not stick to each other in the container or to your fingers when you hold them. Myospots are made of hygroscopic materials that tend to absorb moisture quickly from the surroundings, this is how it adheres to the palate, since it sticks easily to wet surfaces under the moisture effect.
If the roof of the mouth is too dry (which is the usual case in chronic mouth breathers) the spot will not adhere easily. If you find it difficult to adhere the spot to the roof of your mouth, please try the following: take a sip of water before using the spot, and moisten the roof of your mouth with the tip of the tongue for a few seconds, then apply the spot. If your child is the one who is doing the exercise, make sure when they start elevating the tongue not to force the spot off, but to press over it with tongue surface.
Myospots are not sticky, they attach to the roof of your mouth by absorbing moisture and ‘glueing’ on naturally, rather than using a synthetic glue or adhesive.
To make sure the spot adheres properly please try the following:
- Take a sip of water before using the spot
- Moisten the roof of your mouth with the tip of your tongue for a few seconds
- Apply the spot by holding it against the roof of the mouth for a few seconds
- Over 3-4 minutes, the adhesion will get stronger and it will become tightly adhered to the palate.
We recommend that tongue exercises are done over a period of at least 12 weeks. In the first week, you can start with just one spot daily to get used to the exercise and to gradually change your tongue. Then you can increase it to two spots per day in week 2, and 3 spots in week 3. Then from week 3 to week 12, use 3 spots and do 3 exercise sessions every day.
The tongue is a muscle, and like all other muscles, it needs to exercise regularly to maintain strength and preserve the tongue elevation habit. So after the initial training period, we advise that you exercise once daily to make sure that the improvements you achieved are preserved at the same level.
It is always important to consult your doctor/health care provider or myofunctional therapist to advise you on both the optimal frequency and total period required for best results.
Myospots are designed to soak up moisture to adhere to your mouth. If moisture affects them while they are in storage, it can damage their integrity and cause them to crumble. To prevent moisture contamination, try the following:
- Keep the lid tightly sealed between openings to prevent moisture contamination.
- When removing Myospots make sure your hands are clean and very dry.
- Store the bottle in a dry area away from direct sunlight.
- Try using Myospots pouches to store 5-10 Myospots at a time. This prevents frequent opening and closing of the bottle.
- Do not shake the bottle vigorously.
- Avoid picking the spots with your fingers from inside the bottle. Try emptying a single Myospot into the cap.