Chiropractic Adjustments (Bodywork)
for Tethered Oral Tissue (TOTs)
Tongue Tie, Lip Tie, Cheek Tie

Pediatric Chiropractor in LawrencevilleTOTs Explained – Tongue Tie, Lip Tie, Cheek Tie

TOTs (tethered oral tissue) refers to a fascial restriction that can cause tension in the mouth, skull, body or neck. It can be located under the tongue, in the cheeks, and/or under the lips. TOTs can negatively affect breastfeeding and bottle feeding, chewing and swallowing, speech, sleep, breathing and body movement or posture. There are many symptoms of TOTs and not every child will have the same symptoms.

Infants can present with poor feeding, breast or bottle, lack of weight gain, reflux, excessive gas, constipation, mouth breathing, torticollis (persistent head tilt to one side), favoring a side to look at or lay on, misshapen head and colic. Some infants will fail to meet developmental milestones such as sitting up, rolling over, or crawling on all fours when a tethered oral restriction is present.

Toddlers and older children can present with speech delays or articulation problems, developmental milestone delays, headaches, neck pain, reflux, gagging, choking or spitting up food, texture sensitivities, digestive disorders, mouth breathing or poor sleep.

Tethered oral tissue creates a body imbalance which can create a brain imbalance. Starting from week 10 in utero, a newborn with TOT is swallowing with restrictions. Tethered Oral Tissue chiropractic adjustment bodywork is to create an environment that is functioning at its optimal level pre-release and post release.

Symptoms & Signs of TOTs

In babies up to a year old:
  • Difficulty feeding
  • Lack of weight gain
  • Reflux
  • Constipation
  • Mouth breathing
  • Torticollis
  • Colic
  • Developmental delays
In children 1-12 years old:
  • Speech delays
  • Developmental delays
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Reflux
  • Digestive disorders
  • Mouth breathing
  • Trouble sleeping

Chiropractic Adjustments (Bodywork) for TOTs in Lawrenceville

Chiropractic adjustments (bodywork) for TOTs is a hands-on touch therapy to relieve tension in the child’s soft tissues which strengthens and lengthens the muscles especially those associated with breathing and feeding.  Slow gentle movements across the child’s body helps soft tissues to release tension and reorganize. Chiropractic adjustments (bodywork) may include the head, neck, shoulders, trunk, hips, feet and work with alignment. Chiropractic adjustments (bodywork) also helps support neurological integration, the process by which a baby learns to control and move their body.

All of the issues that chiropractic adjustments (bodywork) can fix can be symptoms for tongue-tied children – particularly breathing and eating. Chiropractic adjustments (bodywork) can help to ameliorate the negative effects of TOTs. Facia connects the body from head to toe and tension in the mouth from a tongue tie, lip tie, or cheek tie creates tension elsewhere in the body.  Chiropractic adjustments (bodywork) can release the tension to support healing.

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