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Folia Phoniatr Logop. 2003 Jul-Aug;55(4):199-205.

Effects of two types of tongue strengthening exercises in young normals.

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Voice, Speech and Language Service and Swallowing Center, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Ill, USA. cathy.lazarus@med.nyu.edu

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.

PMID:
12802092
DOI:
10.1159/000071019
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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