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Video | Tongue Tie & The Chiropractic Approach

Unraveling Tongue Tie: A Chiropractic Perspective

In addition to general chiropractic care, as a husband and wife chiropractor team with a dedicated focus on the pediatric population, our attention to infant feeding and breastfeeding may surprise patients. When consulting for infant children, communication is indirect, necessitating a keen observation of behaviors during activities to identify vertebral subluxation complexes and developmental changes indicative of proper progression towards milestones.

Further, to ensure natural pregnancy pediatric chiropractic care, we emphasize the significance of breastfeeding and the behaviors surrounding it. The nuances of feeding provide valuable information guiding the approach to an infant’s case. While some mothers find breastfeeding a rewarding experience without issues, others may face uncertainties about their technique, noticing preferences for certain positions, or even experiencing pain.

Next, it’s crucial to understand that in some cases, surgery may be the only option. However, a trained pediatric chiropractor should still explore the underlying neurodevelopmental problems. This exploration helps determine whether birth trauma, prenatal, or postnatal issues have contributed to the situation, providing a holistic approach to address the root causes.

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Understanding Tongue Tie

Tongue tie, medically known as ankyloglossia, is characterized by a short or tight frenulum – the fold of tissue connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth. This condition can impede tongue movement, resulting in difficulties with speech, eating, and breastfeeding.

In addition to other forms of treatment, chiropractors can play a crucial role in managing tongue tie by addressing underlying musculoskeletal issues contributing to the condition. For infants, chiropractic care focuses on ensuring proper alignment and movement of the neck, jaw, and cranial bones, positively influencing the position and mobility of the tongue. This becomes particularly beneficial for infants facing breastfeeding challenges due to tongue tie.

Chiropractors extend their expertise to address tongue tie-related issues in adults, alleviating tension and pain in the neck, jaw, and shoulders. Through manual adjustments, soft tissue work, and various techniques, chiropractors enhance the function and mobility of the neck and jaw, consequently improving tongue movement and function.

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While chiropractic care is not a standalone solution, it proves to be an effective complement to other therapies like surgical correction or speech therapy. By focusing on the musculoskeletal aspects of tongue tie, chiropractors contribute to overall function and enhance the quality of life for individuals affected by this condition.

References:

  1. Murphy, B. (2019). Ankyloglossia and chiropractic: a narrative review. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 18(2), 132-137.
  2. Thompson, S., Scott, A., & Loghmani, E. (2018). The role of chiropractic in the management of tongue-tie: A case report. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, 17(2), 1526-1544.
  3. Becker, D. V. (2015). Chiropractic care and the resolution of tongue tie in a newborn patient: a case report. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health-Chiropractic, 2015(1), 6-10.
  4. Botts, M., & Callahan, M. F. (2020). Research articles demonstrating the effectiveness of chiropractic care in the treatment of posterior tongue tie: a scoping review. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 19(2), 92-98.
  5. Kubesch, N. J., & Wilson, S. A. (2016). Tongue-tie release and its impact on breastfeeding: a chiropractic perspective. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 15(3), 244-250.


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