Myospots are made of a mixture of Algae agar, cellulose gum and xanthan gum. In addition, they contain small concentrations of stevia (as a sweetener), natural fruit flavour, natural colour and a preservative (potassium sorbate) to protect the product against microbial growth.
No there are no sugars in Myospots. The sweetener used is stevia, which is a very safe low calorie natural substitute for table sugar.
Myospots do not contain gluten or other allergen causing proteins, soy or dairy products. So they are suitable for coeliac and those who are allergic to soy, dairy and nut products.
Myospots do not contain animal derived products in their composition. Therefore, they are suitable for vegans as well as Halal and Kosher product users.
When your tongue is active on the spot, it should dissolve completely in ~ 50 minutes. However, if your tongue is not active enough, it may take more than 1 h for the Myospot to dissolve completely. This is why Myospots can also be used as a diagnostic tool, to show activity of your tongue and to monitor the improvement in tongue posture and activity.
After about 10 minutes of the application of the spot, it becomes tightly fixed to the palate. Drinking after that point of time while the spot is in place is not a problem, but chewing food can result in having the spot falling off.
Myospots must be totally dissolved before sleeping. But DO NOT leave the spot attached during sleep to avoid chocking hazard.
Children can use Myospots, however, we recommend adult supervision for those under 6 years old.
Practitioner discretion is used to recommend the use of Myospots under the age of 2 years old. Individual assessment should be sorted to determine the suitability of babies in this age category.
We do not recommend the use of Myospots for Infants under 1 year of age.
An adult needs to help the child to attach the spot and make sure it is adhered well to the palate. The first 2-3 minutes of use are the most critical as the spot needs gentle force towards the palate for 10-20 seconds to attach. After this, the tongue maintains the position of the Myospots against the palate.
In most cases and for the majority of applications, we recommended using three spots a day. However, it is always important to consult your doctor/health care provider or myofunctional therapist to advice you on both the optimum frequency and total period required for optimal results.
Yes it is a normal and it is meant to happen. The colour transfer from the spot to your tongue tip helps you (or the parent/practitioner) confirm that the tongue touches the spot.
For those that don’t like the colour staining, you can opt to use colours and flavours (such as yellow banana) that are less visible on the tongue.
Myospots are hydrophilic in nature, meaning they will quickly absorb moisture from saliva. Within a short period the moisture-laden spots will adhere strongly to the palate.
Normally the spot requires about 10 seconds of gentle pressure against the palate followed by gentle initial pressure by the tongue. As soon as the spot absorbs enough moisture, it will stick strongly. The Myospot will adhere initially after 10 seconds and begin to stick stronger in the following minutes.
Myospot may not stick for the following reasons:
- Hands aren’t clean before applying the Myospots.
- Not keeping the finger pressure steady while applying.
After the first 10 seconds of applying pressure it’s important to place the tongue against it with gentle pressure for 20-30 seconds. Vigorously moving the spot early can dislodge it.
In some cases, especially in adults, the sudden training of the weak tongue muscles can cause tongue muscle fatigue. This can result in pain in the tongue and surrounding tissues.
In this situation we recommend reducing the number of Myospots to 1 per day at most. When the tongue muscles strengthen, the pain should subside.