Effective Mewing with Tongue Ties: A Comprehensive Guide

Diagram showing a comparison of a normal tongue versus a tongue with a tie, highlighting the frenulum's impact on tongue mobility for mewing.

Navigating Mewing with a Tongue Tie: Strategies and Solutions

Mewing, the practice of optimizing tongue posture for facial development, can be particularly challenging for those with a tongue tie.

This condition, where the tongue's range of motion is restricted due to a short, tight band of tissue, doesn't have to be a barrier to improving your facial structure.

In this article we will be going over how to do mewing while having a tongue tie.


How to mew with a Tongue Tie? 


Understanding the Impact of a Tongue Tie

A tongue tie can limit the tongue's ability to reach the optimal mewing position on the palate. It's important to recognize how this condition might affect your mewing practice and to adjust your approach accordingly.

The tongue tie prevents you from correctly engaging the back third of the tongue on the palate.

The back third of the tongue is the area that you want to absolutely engage on the palate, according to Mike Mew (The doctor behind the theory of mewing)

Not engaging the back third, would prevent you from achieving good results.


Adaptive Mewing Techniques


Tongue tie & Mewing


Adapt your mewing technique to accommodate the tongue tie:

  • Gradual Elevation: Focus on elevating the tongue in stages, starting with the area just behind the teeth and incrementally moving further back as your mobility increases.
  • Passive Healing Posture: When active mewing is difficult, maintain a passive tongue posture, keeping the mouth closed and the tongue lying flat as much as possible.


Targeted Exercises for Enhanced Mobility

Engage in targeted exercises to improve the tongue’s mobility and strength, even with a tongue tie:

Stretching the Frenulum: Gently stretch the frenulum, the tissue connecting the tongue to the mouth floor, to increase elasticity.

Tongue Circuits: Move the tongue in a circular motion within the limits of comfort to enhance flexibility.


Tracking Progress, and ensuring change

Keep track of your progress with regular photo documentation, and be patient with the changes. Adjust your expectations based on the feedback from your body and the professional guidance you receive.

Understand that mewing with a tongue tie is a journey that requires patience, discipline, and, most importantly, consistency. Celebrate the incremental improvements and stay the course.


Addressing Tongue Tie: Surgical and Non-Surgical Solutions

For individuals grappling with the discomfort and daily life disruptions caused by a tongue tie, there are several treatment paths available.


Mewing and Tongue Tie


Two common surgical interventions are:

  • Frenuloplasty: This is a comprehensive procedure aimed at releasing the tongue tie, suitable for more complex cases.

  • Frenotomy: A relatively straightforward surgical approach, frenotomy involves cutting the frenulum to free the tongue's movement.

However, surgery isn't the only avenue for relief.

Non-surgical methods, particularly exercises designed to enhance tongue mobility, offer a gentler alternative.


Take- Away 

While a tongue tie presents unique challenges to mewing, with the right adaptations and a commitment to practice, progress is possible.

Mewing can still be a part of your regimen for facial development, working in tandem with professional advice and specialized exercises to achieve the best possible outcome over time.

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