The fascia envelops our muscles, organs, and bones as well as it creates a tensegrity system within the human body. Research about the fascial system had grown exponentially the last 10 years and we now know so much more about the structure and function of the fascial system within our bodies. So what happens when we have injuries, birth trauma, or surgeries? The fascial system develops compensations which translate into loss of gliding mobility of the fascia and the dura. That can result in pain, posture dysfunctions and even loss of the ability to lift the tongue to the roof of the mouth. I will show how the toes are connected to the tongue. I’ll explain how loss of glide within the fascial system can contribute to GI reflux, breathing difficulties, postural dysfunction, chronic musculoskeletal pain, as well as impaired tongue elevation, mobility and function. Having a better understanding of the fascial system will then assist us in making decisions about whether our patents need body work to restore fascial mobility to assist in better tongue mobility and function, maybe
preventing the need for a frenectomy, or to promote better functional result with a frenectomy.
1) Review the anatomy and function of the fascial system in the human body.
2) Describe how we lose mobility in our fascia, and how this impacts posture and tongue functions.
3) Assess if limited tongue mobility and function are due to the lingual frenum or fascia,
and make the appropriate referral to assist in restoring fascial mobility.