We interviewed Michelle Emanuel OTR/L IBCLC NBCR CST CIMI RYT200 to discuss tongue tie and its effect on the whole body, growth and childhood development. You can watch the replay below.
What Is Tongue Tie?
Tongue tie is a condition in which a string of tissue under the tongue is so thick that it restricts normal tongue movement and therefore function. It can cause or contribute to a whole host of health and quality-of-life issues such as:
- Breastfeeding issues
- Acid reflux
- Picky eating
- Speech and language problems
- Facial/airway development problems such as:
- Narrow sinus passages
- Small jaw
- Crowded teeth
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
You wouldn’t think that such a small piece of layered fascia could have such a big impact, but it can!
How Is Tongue Tie Treated?
Tongue ties are typically released with scissors or a laser at a qualified doctor’s or dentist’s office. The procedure usually takes 30 seconds or less. What’s important is the aftercare, which requires a team of practitioners using a whole-body approach to keep the tongue from reattaching, to increase functionality of the tongue and to help the body to readjust to the tremendous amount of pressure that has been released.
These practitioners can be, depending on the age of the child or adult:
- Pediatric dentist who is knowledgeable about tongue ties (many aren’t)
- Lactation consultant if child is still nursing
- Myofascial or myofunctional practitioner
- Bodywork practitioner such as a craniosacral therapist and/or reflex integration therapist
- Speech and language pathologist if indicated
- Feeding specialist if indicated
In This Webinar
Our guest, Michelle Emanuel, explained how a released tongue tie can affect the growth and development of a child in a positive way. Building on her expertise as a lacatation consultant, a craniosacral therapist, an occupational therapist and the developer of both the TummyTime! Method as well as BabyMyo, Michelle shows how and why bodywork is necessary for those who have had a tongue-tie release.
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About Michelle Emanuel OTR/L IBCLC NBCR CST CIMI RYT200
Michelle has 25 years experience as a neonatal/pediatric occupational therapist, lactation consultant, national board-certified reflexologist, certified craniosacral therapist, certified infant massage instructor, and a registered yoga teacher specializing in the precrawling infant.
For 17 years, she worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, in both inpatient/NICU and outpatient/development realms.
During this time, Michelle developed the TummyTime! Method (TTM) to help parents and babies overcome challenges and love tummy time.
Michelle also developed BabyMyo, a novel curriculum of oral habilitation involving optimal strength, endurance, range of motion, sensory processing, motor patterns, reflexes, oral and pharyngeal phases of breastfeeding and bottlefeeding for the newborn to precrawling baby.
She also educates, certifies, and mentors professionals to become certified in TTM. For the past few years, Michelle has beein in full-time private practice, evaluating and treating babies with cranial nerve dysfunction, tethered oral tissues and precrawling baby oral motor/developmental concerns.
Michelle is a co-author of Tongue-Tied: How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Speech, Feeding, and More.
She is on the teaching staff of the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. You can find out more about her at www.tummytimemethod.com
This webinar is not a substitute for medical advice, treatment, diagnosis, or consultation with a medical professional. It is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be relied on to make determinations related to treatment of a medical condition. Epidemic Answers has not verified and does not guaranty the accuracy of the information provided in this webinar.
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