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Tongue Tie Compensations: Fascial Restrictions, Tension and Pain Written By: Dr. Ankita Shah, Sep 2020

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WHAT IS FASCIA?

Fascia is a connective tissue more like a spider web that provides our body a continuous 3-dimensional matrix of structural support surrounding our muscles, bones, nerves and even the internal organs. Forward head posture, cervical neck and shoulder tension, bruxism (teeth grinding/ clenching), jaw discomfort are all compensations of the fascial tissue in the tongue tie.

POSTURE AND FASCIA SYSTEM

Posture and Fascia System

This may surprise you! "The anterior deep fascial line starts from beneath the tongue and goes till the lungs to the pelvic bones down to the arches of your feet." This means there is a direct connection between the orofacial function-tongue function - diaphragmatic breathing - cervical posture.

HOW FASCIAL TENSION CAN RESULT IN HEADACHES?

Fascial tension puts an additional strain on the muscles of mastication and posture. These muscles when palpated produce referred pain and is felt as a headache.

MYOFACIAL REFERRAL PATTERNS OF PAIN

MYOFACIAL REFERRAL PATTERNS OF PAIN

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR FASCIA'S TIGHT BECAUSE YOU HAVE A TONGUE TIE?

Your body is a beautiful piece of architecture that is going to compensate if the fascia coat is too tight. It's like you're walking around in a Spiderman suit that's too tight. The tongue is going to pull forward with the floor of the mouth causing strain on the neck and shoulder muscles. But when you release this fascial tension, everything can open up!

HERE ARE A FEW VIDEOS TO WATCH TO HELP UNDERSTAND FASCIA BETTER.

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