Effects of two types of tongue strengthening exercises in young normals

Cathy L. Lazarus*, Jeri A. Logemann, Cheng Fang Huang, Alfred W. Rademaker

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Abstract

This pilot study examines the effects of two types of tongue strengthening exercises on tongue function measures of strength and endurance in a group of 31 healthy young subjects. Subjects underwent baseline and 1 month post-baseline assessments of tongue function and were randomized to one of three groups, including: (1) no exercise; (2) exercise group receiving standard tongue strength exercises using a tongue depressor, and (3) exercise group receiving tongue strengthening exercises using the Iowa Oral Performance Instrument. Results revealed a significantly greater change in maximum tongue strength in the group that received any treatment compared with the group receiving no treatment (p = 0.04). Results provide support for the theory that tongue strengthening exercises improve tongue strength in healthy young subjects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-205
Number of pages7
JournalFolia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
Volume55
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

Keywords

  • Exercise
  • Tongue strength
  • Young normals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing
  • LPN and LVN

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