Lip and Tongue Tie release - in Children/ Adults

Upon diagnosis by a Professional/ Clinician..


Post-release care - WHAT to expect and NEEDS to be done?

 **Active wound management**

Role of Manual Therapy and Retraining Exercises following release of tethered tongue and lip: assists in continuing to stretch and relax the tightened tissues of the mouth and to improve the dysfunctional acquired movement patterns associated with sucking, swallowing, speaking and breathing. (Please Note- these are different from Active Wound Management stretches provided by the surgeon.)

 

Even though the actual cause of the dysfunction may have been addressed through the frenectomy, without addressing the compensatory muscular and joint tension through manual therapy, and retraining to establish healthy normal movement patterns, it can be expected that the aberrant swallow, breathing habits, speech impediments and altered postures discussed earlier will either remain or take much longer to improve in function.

With the appropriate rehabilitation of the orofacial and associated muscular/joint compensations, the newly released tongue has a supportive mechanism to maintain its full function. This will assist in minimizing any unwanted tissue re-attachment post surgery.


Retraining exercises take different forms in patients of different ages.

For older children and even adults - further oral exercises will help tongue function to be restored (e.g. through oral myofunctional exercises).


It is important to recognize that where dysfunction has come to exist due to a tongue or lip tie, the removal of the source of the developing dysfunction will help the rehabilitation process and restoration of functional competencies. As such, all therapies including manual therapy will likely have a more enduring result when the physical restriction is removed via a Frenectomy. 


If you suspect that your little one or any of your family and friends are suffering from the tongue and lip tie issues, please contact us at  +65 6282 0122