MercyTouch offers a unique tongue and lip tie bodywork service for tongue tied babies in the Tyler, Texas and the wider East Texas area.
Our caring, holistic (fullbody-to-frenulum) approach, is done in a relaxing environment that is sensitive to your little one’s needs. During the session, a gentle release massage is conducted by an experienced therapist. Improvement is often noticed immediately (if not soon after) a session is complete.
Has your infant been diagnosed with a tongue tie? Tongue and lip ties, also known medically as ankyloglossia, often affects breastfeeding. When unchecked, a tied baby can have impaired feeding, and its bond with the mother may be inhibited. This is where bodywork, a gentle hands-on therapy, can support your baby's journey to strong oral function and balanced movement.
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What is a tongue tie?
Tongues are considered "tied" if the normal movement is restricted by the frenum. It is important to note that many people have frenums (a tissue also known as frenulums) which do not cause any problems at all. Each case should be assessed individually.
For some babies, however, the tie is so set they are unable to move their tongues properly. When this happens, a baby's oral function can be limited which can make it difficult to breastfeed or use a bottle. Conversely, When a baby's latch to the breast is healthy, it should feel comfortable for the mother while also enabling the baby to breastfeed efficiently and happily.
Types of Tongue Tie
There are four different kinds of tongue tie. Three are referred to as anterior tongue ties, and one is known as a posterior tongue tie. Regardless of the type, they are all classified according to where the frenum is located on the tongue.
The four types of tongue ties are:
Type 1 - These types of ties are towards the tip of the tongue. Typically, the ones that most people think of when they talk about tongue ties.
Type 2 - These types of ties are behind the tip of the tongue.
Type 3 - These are near the base of the tongue.
Type 4 - Posterior ties (PTT), are often under the mucous membrane of the tongue. Infants with this type of tie are often misdiagnosed with a shorter-than-normal tongue.
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*While medical doctors can vary on their classifications, all agree on a range, similar to what we see above.