There is More to it Than Just a Release
I was talking to one of my patient's mother's today and explaining how important it is for a person (child or adult) to see a professional trained in orofacial myofunctional therapy before and after a tongue, lip, or cheek tie release. The release addresses the ANATOMY, but it does not address the ORAL MOTOR PATTERNS for speech or feeding/swallowing.
Imagine if you broke your arm and it was in a sling for a month. Once you got the sling off, your arm would not just magically able to do all the things that it could do before you broke it. Tethered oral tissues (TOTs) are similar. If you have had your tongue tied to the floor of your mouth you will have reduced range of motion and possibly weakness. This specifically needs to be addressed if the tongue or lips are going to function properly for speech and feeding/swallowing.
If you are getting ready to take your child to get a release, please contact us before so we can get them started on exercises that will make the release more successful and more likely lead to the desired outcomes. Doing orofacial myofunctional therapy before and after a releases has shown to have much better outcomes than just a release alone or not starting until after the release. We know you want the best for your child and so do we!
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