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CranioSacral Therapy Helps Tongue-Tied Babies

Parents with babies born “tongue-tied”—with tight or shortened connective tissue under the tongue—once had no options for their baby’s feeding difficulties and discomfort beyond physically cutting the tissue. This invasive procedure was not always effective,

Parents with babies born “tongue-tied”—with tight or shortened connective tissue under the tongue—once had no options for their baby’s feeding difficulties and discomfort beyond physically cutting the tissue. This invasive procedure was not always effective, however.

A growing volume of literature is showing the reason for this ineffectiveness: a tongue-tie goes beyond just one piece of connective tissue and can be indicative of a larger, systemic restriction that must be addressed before the tongue-tie can resolve. Beyond breastfeeding difficulties, tongue-tied babies often prefer to curl up into a c-shape, or have a persistent head tilt, indicating an overly tight midline. Manual manipulation options include chiropractic and other bodywork. CranioSacral Therapy, in particular, can be effective in releasing the restriction.

CranioSacral Therapy works for tongue-tied babies by addressing the tightly connected fascia and related musculature and fascia chains, known as trains, deep in the body. The practitioner’s light touch gently balances the craniosacral system, which includes the bones, nerves, fluids and connective tissues of the cranium and spinal area. This gentle approach locates the deep tension
within the baby’s body and releases it, allowing them the freedom to use their tongues, and the rest of their bodies, without restriction.

Source: Kim Moffet, CST, owner of Inner Balance Therapy. May 2019

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