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Q: Are there any exercises one can give to extend the tongue frenum instead of having the client get a frenectomy? Are these exercises are proven scientifically?
From long ago, therapists have said that “tongue exercises” could stretch the frenum, but I have never seen anyone spell out what those exercises would be, nor have I seen any data that would prove that any certain exercises do help.
My own personal experience is this: Clients tend to move their tongues less than they actually could when they have a restricting lingua frenum. In other words, the frenum restricts their movement, and they move it even less than that. Perhaps it actually hurts to move the tongue much when a frenum is tight because of the pull it puts on the skin.
In my experience, activities to get the tongue to move more actually do work. But they only help the client stretch his tongue as far as he actually could, given his structural restriction.
In my experience, only the frenectomy completely frees the tongue.