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Gravity is not the only reason the tongue and jaw collapse into the airway. Find out more here.

The Fascial Imbalance That Pulls The Tongue Into The Airway

By Osteopathy, Tongue Ties3 Comments
People who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea often struggle with their tongue collapsing into their airways during sleep. Sleeping on one's back increases the risk of the tongue and jaw collapsing into the airway.  Much of this blamed on gravity. Gravity is not the sole factor for the tongue falling into the airway. This article will describe another reason that I have discovered that can pull the tongue into the airway during sleep. This factor is not dependent on gravity.  An overlooked component of swallowing is the balance of tension above and below the tongue. During normal swallowing, the front...
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What role do tongue ties play in forward head posture? Find out here

Forward Head Posture and Tongue Ties

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Forward Head Posture: Trouble Under The Surface Forward head posture gets a lot of attention. Right now, cell phone use is being blamed as the primary culprit. Although cell phone posture is a problem, there is a much stronger reason for forward head posture lurking under the surface: tongue ties. In another article, I have demonstrated how resting tongue posture affects overall body posture in real-time.  Are Tongue Ties Common?  Tongue ties are far more common than most people, even doctors, realize. Many cling to an outdated statistic suggesting that tongue ties exist in about "4-10% of the population" as an...
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The Tongue: A Venous Pump For The Face

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Inherent Tongue Motion The tongue should act as a venous pump for the head and face. In a previous article, I described how the tongue functions as a piston during inhalation and exhalation. The purpose of that article was to describe how that motion helps to widen and provide proper growth of the palate. The caveat is that it only works with proper resting tongue posture on the palate. If the tongue cannot rest on the palate in cases of improper swallowing mechanics and/or tongue ties, then proper facial growth can be impeded. Download free tongue meditation here The same…

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Tongue Ties Affect The Rest Of The Body: Here’s Proof

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A 3 Step Process Tongue ties are often linked just to breastfeeding. Tongue ties are really about much more. Many adults, including myself, who have had tongue and lip tie releases are realizing it first hand. Reports of improved sleep, airway, neck pain, headaches, posture, and more are common.  I have lectured on how the tongue is connected to the rest of the body anatomically. For years I have struggled to find objective ways to demonstrate how tongue ties affect the rest of the body. I can feel the changes manually, but palpation is not considered reliable from person to…

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The Dynamic Motion Of The Tongue And Craniofacial Development

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The tongue is a very dynamic structure. It is the only muscle (or group of muscles) that has a freely moveable end. Myofunctional therapists and others emphasize the importance of the tongue being able to rest on the palate during its resting state for proper craniofacial development. Tongue ties have been found to anchor the tongue to the floor of the mouth making it physically difficult for the tongue to rest against the roof of the mouth properly.  By naturally resting on the palate, a normally developed tongue widens and brings down the palate. Babies with tethered tongues are commonly…

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Tongue Tie Q & A with Sarah Hornsby, RDH, Oromyofunctional Therapist

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What is a tongue tie? Do you or possibly your children have tongue ties? Is there any reason to do anything about it? In this episode, Daniel Lopez, D.O. interviews registered dental hygienist and oral myofunctional therapist, Sarah Hornsby. This video discusses the controversial topic of tongue ties (aka – ankyloglossia) covering many questions related to tongue ties for children and adults. Tell the audience about yourself? How did you get to doing oral myofunctional therapy? (01:50) What do oral myofunctional therapists do? (04:30) Who is your ideal client base and what kinds of problems do people come to your…

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A Unique Test To See If You’re Tongue Tied?

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Tongue Tie Q&A with Sarah Hornsby, RDH, Myofunctional Therapist on Facebook Live at 4pm MST December 12, 2017: Register Here I have been studying the tongue ties and the associated anatomy for several years now. After having a frenectomy to release my tongue tie, I became aware of just how much the tongue can affect the rest of the body. One of the things I recalled after having my tongue tie release was how much tension had been taken off the front of my body. Recently I was experimenting trying to understand tongue ties better. While standing, I arched my…

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How To Assess The Impact Of A Tongue Tie On Patients: Osteopathic Considerations

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Why The Tongue Is So Important   The tongue is the only muscle, or really group of muscles, in the body that has one freely moveable end. Not only is it attached to most fascial planes directly or indirectly, but it also has attachments on the hyoid bone, mandible, temporal bones, and other structures in the head. Structurally it can affect the digestive tract and respiratory tract. It has innervation from five cranial nerves – the  trigeminal, facial, glossopharyngeal, vagus, and hypoglossus nerve. The tongue is complex and its involvement in swallowing and speaking are some of the most important…

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Adult Frenectomy For Pain Relief: Osteopathic Considerations

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Why I Opted To Do The Frenectomy   I decided to consider a frenectomy for a tongue tie (ankyloglossia) after doing it for my daughter, Viviana, when she was 2 months old. Seeing how the shape of her face immediately changed, how she was immediately able to open her mouth wider, how she was finally able to bottle feed pumped breast milk for the first time, and she was able to breastfeed more efficiently instantly, I began to wonder if this would be helpful for an adult. It is generally thought that once one is fully grown that the structure…

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