Tongue Tie and Scoliosis Connection? {Follow-Up}

A closeup of light tan rope tied into a knot, against a dark tan background, symbolizing a tongue tie.

{This is a follow-up post to my last post, where I talked about tongue ties, what they were, how they might impact neck and shoulder alignment, and my suspicion that an untreated tongue tie might be causing some issues for me, personally. Read that post here.}

As promised, here’s my update to my 15-minute free consultation with Sandra Coulson of Coulson & Associates!

“What’s the verdict?”

*drumroll*

Ms. Coulson’s initial diagnosis is…I might have something called a “sub-lingual tongue tie.”

“Say wha?”

Yeah. I only got a few details, (it was, after all, supposed to be only a 15-minute phone call) but will provide more information when I have it. Basically, it’s not a simple “snip the little pinkish-white thing under your tongue and done” scenario, because it goes deeper than that, but I’m still learning the details. (And it’s important to point out that it wasn’t an official diagnosis just yet, but Ms. Coulson has done research in this topic, and this was her immediate thought when she did a few tests with me.)

What else did I learn?

First of all, Ms. Coulson is a fantastically nice, encouraging, enthusiastic lady. It’s wonderful to see someone who clearly loves what they do :).

Also, Ms. Coulson seems to also believe that tongue ties are epidemic, due to a generation of well-meaning but sadly misled parents who were told that bottle feeding was better than breast feeding, so tongue ties went largely undiagnosed, and many adults from that generation are possibly walking around with undue neck and shoulder misalignments (in addition to a cadre of other negative symptoms).

The therapy will consist of FaceTime sessions with Ms. Coulson, where I’ll utilize small tools she specifically designed for this therapy over the course of her 45-year career in this field. She’ll lead me in exercises that are intended to help my tongue relearn proper “posture,” and even re-teaching me how to hold my shoulders and neck, among other things. The whole process will take several weeks — perhaps longer? — and I’ll use and reuse the tools from the kit each time, and continue my “work” outside the sessions by continuing to practice what I learn during the sessions.

She was very excited to learn that I’m a Postural Alignment Specialist certified through Egoscue University, as she herself works with an Egoscue therapist in Denver, so I was encouraged that she’s also a fan of the Egoscue Method!

My first appointment is near the early part of December, and I cannot wait to get started. The more I learn about this condition, the more I’m convinced it’s part of what ails me, and I become more fascinated with this topic.

Your tongue can have poor posture, resulting in bad neck and shoulder misalignments — aren’t our bodies amazing?

I will keep updating about this topic as I go along in my journey, and if you have any questions, please ask them in the comments!

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