Tongue-tie and physical therapy
Tongue-tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a condition in which the tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth (lingual frenulum) is too short or tight, causing difficulty with certain tongue movements.
Physical therapy is not typically used as a treatment for tongue-tie.
Instead, tongue-tie is typically treated with a surgical procedure called a frenotomy, which involves snipping the lingual frenulum to release the tongue.
However, physical therapy may be used to treat conditions related to tongue-tie, such as difficulties with breastfeeding or speaking.
For example, a physical therapist may work with a person who has tongue-tie to improve their oral motor skills, such as tongue movement and strength, which can be affected by the condition.
If you think you or a loved one may have tongue-tie or could benefit from physical therapy, it is important to speak with a healthcare professional, such as a dentist or speech-language pathologist, for a proper evaluation and treatment recommendations.