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

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 back as much as I could and I looked up trying to raise my chin as high as I could without moving my jaw. I noticed that I could not move my tongue nearly as well. It became difficult to stick my tongue out of my mouth. I had tried that a few times, but it wasn’t until I tried to swallow that I realized that I could not swallow in that position.

Since I had had a frenectomy, I was excited because I was thinking that this would be a way for people who are not tongue tied to understand what it is like to be tongue tied. I went to my wife, who is not tongue tied, and told her to try it thinking she would be unable to swallow. To my surprise, she arched her back, looked up lifting her chin as high as she could, and… she swallowed. Next, she gave me a funny look and said, “What? Is that supposed to be hard or something?”

Suddenly, I realized something else. This was not a way for people to know what it is like to be tongue tied. This is a way to test if you are tongue tied. This led me to some other realizations. One being that even though I have had a frenectomy procedure, two in fact, that I was still tongue tied. The other being that the way frenectomies are currently being performed are often not addressing the full tongue tie (I will explain this in more detail in another post).

So this self-test to see if you may have a tongue tie is to stand up, arch your back, look up bringing your chin up as high as you can without moving your jaw, and then try to swallow. If swallowing is easy, then you are not tongue tied. If you cannot swallow, there is a strong chance you could have a tongue tie. I will describe another method of diagnosis in another post. This is not a definitive test and I do recommend seeking out a professional such as an oromyofunctional therapist to confirm.

I have tested this out on small groups and have found it to be fairly consistent but I would love to hear feedback from others about this. Below is a video where I interview a patient that I have never met in person  after having had a frenectomy to talk about her experiences.

Tongue Tie Q&A with Sarah Hornsby, RDH, Myofunctional Therapist on Facebook Live at 4pm MST December 12, 2017: Register Here

Daniel Lopez, D.O.

Author Daniel Lopez, D.O.

Daniel Lopez, D.O. grew up with a lot of pain trying many things that did not help. Realizing that if he could not help himself, he would be unable to help others effectively, he dedicated himself to finding real answers. Since that time, Dr. Lopez has found a unique but powerful style where he has patients from around the country and the world that travel to see him for headaches, TMJ issues, eye issues, neck pain, back pain, and more. Daniel Lopez, D.O. is an osteopathic physician with Osteopathic Integrative Medicine. Prior to that he had a private practice in NYC for 6 years. He is the author of the Amazon best seller "Unwinding the Body and Decoding the Messages of Pain: An In-Depth Look into the World of Osteopathic Physicians and How They 'Magically' Use Their Hands for Healing." He lives in Aurora, CO with his wife and daughters.

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