Myotape (small, medium or large)
Myotape, developed by the internationally renowned breathing coach Patrick McKeown, combines mouth taping with the effects of kinesio taping. It therefore has a twofold effect: it stimulates nose breathing and strengthens the muscles around the mouth: the orbicularis oris muscle. The tape thus contributes to healthy growth and development of jaws and teeth.
During the day, a myotape can be stuck around the mouth for about half an hour to two hours. Preferably during activities where the mouth is normally open: while watching television, reading or gaming. By using the tape while sleeping, nasal breathing reduces the risk of snoring and sleep apnea (both effects of mouth breathing).
Tapes are available in three sizes:
- Small, for children aged 4 to 16 years.
- Medium, from 16 years and for adults with a small mouth.
- Large, for adults.
One pack contains 90 ready-to-use tapes. Try not to stretch the tape as much when applying to the mouth and pat it gently onto the skin once applied.
The price per pack is € 17.50 (same price for small, medium or large). When ordering 6 packs at the same time, the unit price becomes € 16.50 (your benefit: € 6). When ordering 12 packs at the same time, the unit price is € 15 (your benefit: € 30). Your order of 6 or 12 packs can consist of different tape sizes: small, medium and/or large.
It is very important to breathe through the nose, because mouth breathing ultimately leads to malocclusion. To prevent this, it is important to change the breathing behavior: breathe with the mouth closed and with the tip of the tongue upwards, against 'the roof’ of the mouth. There are various techniques and tools to learn the correct tongue position (practice with orthodontic elastics and sticking myospots to the palate) or to automate (the Re-mind). The lips can also be closed with (Omnifix or Fixomull) lip plasters, so that nose breathing becomes a habit. Kinesio tape (such as Cure Tape) is used to strengthen the muscles around the mouth and to prevent open mouth behavior (with the associated mouth breathing). Kinesio tape lifts the skin around the mouth, which affects the function of the underlying muscles. Myotape has a similar effect. The knot or bottle exercise also strengthens the strength of the lip and mouth muscles.