Infant Massage &Frenectomy
Bodywork, Myofascial Release & Frenectomy
The body is connected by an intricate system of connective tissue called fascia. When there is a limitation, such as one caused by a tie, it can cause the muscles around that area, as well as to the others that
are connected by fascia to become tense. These muscles create tension around the tie
making the process of revising the tie more difficult. This is where bodywork comes in.
Bodywork, specifically myofascial release (MFR) in this example, works to alleviate
muscle tension and tightness. By receiving MFR before a Frenectomy, it releases
tension and tightness in the muscles and calms the nervous system. This makes the
frenulum relaxed, more visible and less vascular for the procedure. With a more
visible frenulum the practitioner is able to get as much of the tie as possible during the
procedure. Studies have shown that MFR within 24 hours or less before revision is
most useful and provides the most aid in the release procedure. The best standard of care is to receive bodywork directly before the procedure, offered as part of the package provided by the frenectomy provider.
Myofascial Release is also suggested after the revision. Before the tongue or lip frenulum is released, it is impractical to release all of the tension due to the pressure and tension that is being caused by the restriction. 4 to 6 days after the tie is released, additional session(s) is recommended to release the additional tension that was not released in the first session. Tension release aids in the range of motion (ROM) of the tongue and lip and contributes to the overall healing and rehabilitation process.
Why Myofascial Release Before Revision?
There are 3 different types of bodywork that are often associated with revisions: Chiropractic
Adjustment, Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST), and Myofascial Release. While each are wonderful
treatments, they differ in some aspects.
"Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are perhaps best known for their expertise in the
use of spinal manipulation" (American Chiropractic Association)
Cranial Sacral Therapy
"CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological
body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid
that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord." (Upledger Institute International)
"Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion." (Myofascial Release Treatment Centers & Seminars)
Before and after 10 minutes of MFR on the neck and face.