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Chiropractic's Role in Tongue + Lip Ties

Photo of two babiesIf you suspect that your child has a tongue or lip tie, it is very likely you are familiar with the term “lingual frenulum“. The role of frenulum in the body is to restrict excessive motion. In the mouth, there are frenula under the tongue, inside the upper and lower lips and inside each cheek. It is normal to have these small bands of connective tissue.

However, it may become problematic when this tissue is too tight or too thick. The frenulum is not stretchy and therefore, if too tight, can pull surrounding tissue and structures leading to discomfort and symptoms for infants, children, and even adults.

 

Common Findings in Babies:

  • Excessive crying/irritability
  • Nursing issues – falls asleep, low milk supply in mom
  • Latching issues – can’t hold a latch, painful for mom
  • Reflux or spitting up
  • Fussy at the breast
  • Slow growth
  • Clicking sounds while nursing
  • Inability to hold bottle or pacifer in mouth

Common Findings in Children/Adults:

  • Mouth-breathing
  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Sleep apnea
  • Reflux

When a restriction is present due to a tethered tongue, it effects the function of the Hypoglossal nerve, as well as many other muscles that are attached to the spine. When there is lip involvement, it may effect the cranial bones. The brain is growing rapidly during the first 3 years of a child’s life, so it is crucial that the cranial bones are expanding and retracting with normal motion.

Dr. Lauren Molinaro and Dr. Weston Shelton, at Root & Bloom Chiropractic, are both specially trained to support infants and children with gentle adjustments and CranioSacral Therapy. In addition, they will teach you stretches so full functionality is returned as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please call the office to speak with the front desk or schedule a consultation today.

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