surgery or treatment may make it difficult for you to swallow or
to control food in your mouth. These exercises will improve your
ability to move your tongue well. Your tongue is important for
eating, speaking, and swallowing.
Learning Needs You will learn exercises to make your
tongue stronger. You also need to know when to call your doctor
Prevention It is not likely you can prevent this problem
from occurring, but these techniques can make it easier for you
Do these exercises five to ten times a day.
Keep a record of the exercises.
Note any changes you feel while eating or swallowing.
Call your doctor or nurse if it becomes more difficult to
swallow or eat.
1. General exercises: Do these five to ten times a day.
Open mouth as wide as possible.
Lift tongue as high as possible; hold 1 second; repeat
Lift back of tongue as far as possible; hold 1 second;
repeat five times.
2. Tongue exercises. Do these five to ten times a day.
Push tongue forward against a tongue blade or your
fingers; hold for 1 second.
Then push tongue to one side and forward again.
Then push tongue to the other side and forward again; hold
for 1 second.
Repeat these exercises five times.
3. Measure progress.
Keep a chart of exercises done and the response (such as
more movement and strength).
These exercises will become easier to perform.
It will become easier to move foods in your mouth.
Share this information with your nurse and swallowing
Talk with your nurse and swallowing therapist if you
believe that the exercises are not helping your tongue