Sleeping & Breathing Misses in the Black Community | Karese LaGuerre

Speaker 1 (06:42):

So interesting. So what, how do you do that? Like how, how could someone be more intentional about keeping those muscles, as you say, below your eyes and, um, above your shoulder, how do you keep those muscles tone, you know, on a regular basis?

Speaker 2 (07:05):

I love that question. What you’re going to do really is as you’re going through a myofunctional therapy program, what we do is we try to ingrain a lot of this so that it turns into more of a habit. So you would start out with exercises. That seems super simple, but by the time you began doing them and then integrating them into your daily life, you’re like, Oh, these are things I haven’t worked on. There’s eight muscles that just integrate that tongue alone. So you think about that, there’s eight muscles just there, but then there’s so many other muscles for the face for chewing, for swallowing. So once you’re really getting into these things and I’ll give you just a brief example, one of the most common ones that we’re known for is when you get that tongue suctioned up to the roof of the mouth, and then you let it go and it’s like a clicking sound. So you get the tongue suctioned up and you drop it down for a click having good control and good suction. And being able to suction that tongue up from the front all the way through to the back and getting it really well-defined super important, especially for those who suffer with, you know, a lot of positional sleep apnea, where that tongue is falling back into the throat at night,

Speaker 1 (08:15):

I’m like really blown away. That’s that’s really cool. Okay. So you’re essentially a trainer for our upper muscles, the muscles that we tend to forget.

Speaker 2 (08:29):

Yeah, exactly. Oh, they go to the gym, they have lagged day on day, all sorts of days. We can’t forget about head and neck day that’s. Yeah.

Speaker 1 (08:43):

Yes. Okay. So I know that you talk a bit about how it affects your growth and development. Can you talk a little bit to that? Like how does your myofunctional man, my words escape me today,

Speaker 2 (08:56):

Just your facial and full function. How does that your gross?

Speaker 1 (09:00):

Yes. Thank you. No problem.

Speaker 2 (09:03):

So we start the function off when we’re very, very small. So it starts off in infancy when we are, you know, latching on to a breast or a bottle, how you’re using your tongue will affect how your tongue will be at rest. So when you are able to breastfeed and you are able to bottle feed efficiently, and with the correct nipple, that’s kind of more mimicking an human nipple. What will happen is, is that that tongue will sit up against the roof of the mouth as you’re developing. So, you know, you’re going on and you’re getting older and the palette, which is the roof of the mouth is going to form around that tongue shape, right? So you get a nice, broad, nice broad arch instead of, you know, that narrow, crowded arch that some people tend to develop. So that nice broad arch, if you consider that roof of the mouth, look at the other side of it, that’s the floor of your nose.

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