Tongue Ties

A tongue tie is when the band of tissue underneath the tongue is too short or tight, causing a limited range of motion and compensations. It leads to a cascade of health issues

"To be "mildly" tongue tied is like being "mildly" pregnant. You either are or you are not. No matter how mild, can end up being problematic"

- Dr. Bobby Ghaheri

You do not outgrow, or stretch a tongue tie. It is often misdiagnosed or missed.

 

 

Tongue tie releases can have a huge impact on health and wellness.

Compensations

When the tongue's range of motion is restricted, surrounding muscles will find a new and improper way way to get the job done, causing a cascade of compensations throughout the body

Fascia

The tongue is connected to every muscle, bone, artery, organ, and nerve through that fascia (A thin casing of connective tissue) Restriction in one place will cause restriction in other places as well as compensations

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Fascia

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This can impact

Breathing

Swallowing

Chewing

Proper craniofacial development and airways

When muscles compensate or are restricted (tongue tie or lip tie), orofacial muscle tone can be weak or overused, causing an imbalance throughout the body and dysfunction. Muscles become dysfunctional and can cause improper chewing, swallowing, breathing, and proper oral rest posture

Myofunctional disorders are improper orofacial muscle(muscles of the head and neck) function and weak ,overused, or improperly used, muscles that interfere with proper breathing, chewing, swallowing, and growth and development of skeletal airways and jaws

Orofacial dysfunction needs to be addressed with a myofunctional therapy program (integrative) to fix orofacial dysfunction and a release provider may be recommended to release the tie. If a release is recommended, myofunctional therapy is needed before and after procedure for proper healing of the wound and muscle rehabilitation

Untreated tongue ties can lead to

ADD/ADHD

Mouth breathing

Reflex/GERD

Gassy, colic, fussy

Latch issues

Picky or messy eating

Issues with textures

Hypermobility

Ear infections

Digestive issues

Sinus issues

Headaches and migraines

Anxiety

Depression

Teeth grinding

TMJ issues/disorders

Fatigue

Sleep disorders/disordered breathing

Snoring

Allergies

Poor posture

Improper development of the jaws and airways

Speech issues

Neck and back pain

Improper swallowing