Updated: Jul 25, 2019
Would you be surprised if I told you that your tongue is crucial to your health?
We all know it’s central to speech and digestion.
Just imagine what your life would be like if you couldn’t speak clearly, move food around in your mouth or swallow!
Thank goodness we all have our tongues.
But did you know that your tongue’s freedom is a thing?
Let’s do this: Open your mouth big and touch the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth.
If you can do that easily you can skim the rest of this post ;)
If it was difficult or impossible then you may be tongue-tied!
For the parents reading this, you may know that 4-11% of babies are born with a tongue tie. That means that the tongue is attached, to some degree, to the bottom of the mouth. Check your tongue out in the mirror and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
For babies this means they may have difficulty nursing, a mom can be in excruciating pain due to a baby’s TT and may even be told she has low milk supply, the baby may not gain weight appropriately, have breathing issues, etc.
For adults it gets even more interesting…
Here are some of the side effects adults may experience if they have a TT:
- Inability to open the mouth widely
- Inability to speak clearly when talking fast/loud/soft
- Difficulty talking after even moderate amounts of alcohol
- Pain in the jaws
- TMJ dysfunction
- Neck pain/shoulder pain
- Dental health issues
- Sleep apnea
A large percentage of TT is completely undiagnosed in adults AND babies.
Depending on the situation a surgery may be required to correct a TT. You definitely want a qualified ENT or IBCLC (for babies) to make a diagnosis.
With or without surgery, bodywork is imperative for babies, children and adults with a TT.
If the restriction is mild we can unwind the tissues and allow your body to correct itself.
If the restriction is more severe and you may want to have it revised or corrected, unwinding the tissues will allow the whole attachment to relax and come forward so the revision is more effective.
The amount of strain this restriction has on the body has been greatly underestimated.
Just this last week I’ve seen two adult clients and 3 babies with TT and all are dealing with moderate to extreme side effects from it.
Bottom line: do not underestimate the importance of your tongue freedom!
If you suspect restriction, get it checked! If you’re experiencing any of the above side effects come in for a session. There is no need to suffer now that you know what may be the cause.
Reply to this post with any questions you have, I am here for you!