- Short lingual frenulum and Kyphosis.
In the lateral postural analysis (profile) you will notice an increased dorsal kyphosis with the head, neck and hyoid anterior to the ideal line. This causes an atypical swallowing where the tip of the tongue pushes against the upper teeth rather than against the palate. Many times this can create either an open bite or “rabbit teeth”, or a strict palate. If the tongue when swallowing, pushes against the lower teeth it can create a “third class” or pragmatism.
In addition to this, the extensor hallucis brevis will always be weak and hence the gait will be incorrect.
We have worked out a protocol to fix this problem eliminating also the need to cut the short frenulum, with a new type of myofunctional therapy. With these exercises we found that even those over 60 years of age benefit from this and return to having a better posture with straighter shoulders.
Simpler and far more efficient is to change this in kids before adolescence thus allowing their back to grow straight. Often mothers scold their kids because they are bent forward whereas instead they should just bring them to a chiropractor who is an expert in this matter so that it can be determined if their posture depends on a problem in the mouth.
When the problem is a short frenulum, no type of back exercises will change the kyphosis and these children will have been scolded unnecessarily.
After years of observation on patients with kyphosis we have verified that everyone of those patients had one thing in common: they never consumed vegetables at a young age. Chewing whole vegetable pieces also allows children to widen the palate and avoid expensive therapies from the dentist.
So parents please : “Force your kids to eat vegetables and don’t give in if they refuse.”
Taking care of them with love also means obliging them to observe a healthy lifestyle that will give them a better life in adulthood.
2) Habitual monolateral mastication in most cases.
Many people only chew on one side. This creates problems both aesthetically and functionally andconsequently on posture (potential scoliosis).
On the aesthetic aspect we will see a jaw longer on one side than the other, with a more pronounced zygomatic bone and higher eye with the bulb that looks smaller.
On the functional level we found that all the muscles weaken and posture changes when chewing on the habitual side.
After years of research we have developed a chiropractic therapy consisting of exercises to be done for six months. If found in time (a couple of years before the growth is completed) the jaw can still become symmetric.
When the bones are formed definitely we can only neutralize the consequences on muscle strength and prevent the posture from worsening.