What do we do?
It's a good question.
After 45 years of practice, we came up with an answer:
We change faces, and lives
What does this mean? Well, imagine a child who wants to stop sucking his or her thumb but can't, a crooked smile that becomes straight, hunched posture becomes strong and confident. What would it mean for a parent whose child stops pulling out their own hair? A post-stroke patient who not only regains speech but goes back to work? Could we change the life of an adult thumb sucker who finally breaks the habit? Or the Mom whose baby was "sent home to die" from a rare disorder, who not only went on to live, but to defy all odds?
This is how we change lives, not only our patients' - but our own lives. By being committed to you, we learn and grow one smile at a time, too.
Below you will find a helpful video further explaining how we change faces and lives!
So how does it work?
Typically, people consulting us will be experiencing problems such as thumb sucking, nail biting, hair pulling, speech difficulties and orthodontic issues.
- Our process always begins with a comprehensive Initial Assessment. The assessment is mandatory and ensures that we know where you begin and how far you'll need to go.
- From that first consult therapy begins. Myo-Functional Therapy is a very "active" treatment and you'll be expected to commit to the exercises daily for a minimum of 8 weeks. Each week we'll have an 30min appointment to check in on your progress and give you the new exercises.
- We work with many different health practitioners and often make referrals for tonsil problems, tongue tie and allergy testing to name a few. These referrals are imperative for your progress.
- After your 8 week program we'll do a complete re-assessment before you...
- GRADUATE! Sometimes people need further work, depending on the severity of the case AND on compliance :)
NEW PRESS RELEASE!
Tongue Lab Pursues International Expansion by Naming Sandra Coulson Strategic Business Development Advisor
Prof. Sandra Coulson is the founder of Denver-based Coulson Institute for Orofacial Myology, teacher and businesswoman.
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PARIS and DENVER, Sept. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Tongue Lab, maker of the TRP (Tongue Right Positioner), has named Sandra Coulson, an internationally known orofacial myofunctional therapist, professor and entrepreneur, as a strategic business development advisor. Ms. Coulson, who is also the founder and president of the Denver-based Coulson Institute for Orofacial Myology, a premier teaching facility for Myofunctional Therapy (MFT)*, has more than 45 years' experience as a healthcare professional, innovator and businesswoman.
Jean-Michel Mauclaire, President of Tongue Lab (right), with Sandra Coulson, Founder of Denver-based Coulson Institute of Orofacial Myology and Tongue Lab's new strategic business development advisor.
Jean-Michel Mauclaire, founder and president of Tongue Lab, met Ms. Coulson at a conference on orthodontics held in Parisin 2013. Their shared vision that dysfunctions of the tongue are at the root of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), as well as other facial and dental anomalies, struck a chord.
He said, "Sandra understands fully what other healthcare practitioners are only beginning to realize: The tongue is an expression of our health. When it functions improperly, is poorly positioned or loses muscle tone, the risks can be life-threatening. Sandra sees the groundbreaking potential training and conditioning the tongue have for preventing and even curing disorders such as chronic snoring and OSA that affect millions of people worldwide."
The Tongue Lab-patented TRP, a connected oral medical device that patients wear over their upper teeth while they sleep educates and reconditions the tongue to permanently restore its physiological functions and positions. The potential implications for doing this include a possible cure for sleep breathing disorders and sleep bruxism, as well as treatment for atypical swallowing, tongue thrust, mouth breathing, malocclusion, relapses after orthodontic treatment, and similar health-related issues. The TRP is non-invasive, easy to use, and designed for optimal patient compliance.
Ms. Coulson expressed her enthusiasm for working with Tongue Lab: "Together, we want to educate as many healthcare professionals as possible and provide patients with simple, effective solutions designed to correct dysfunctional tongue patterns that impact their health, self-confidence and well-being."
In addition to the Coulson Institute, where she has taught hundreds of professionals from the United States and abroad since its creation in 2003, Ms. Coulson maintains her own Denver-based MFT practice. Recently appointed Clinical Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences of the Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences, where she leads a new certification program for orofacial myologists, she is a past president of the International Association of Orofacial Myology. Ms. Coulson holds a master's degree in Health Sciences and a bachelor's degree in speech therapy and education from the University of North Colorado.
*Myo-Functional Therapy -- neuromuscular reeducation or re-patterning of the oral and facial muscles -- includes facial and tongue exercises and behavior modification techniques to promote proper tongue position and improved breathing, chewing, swallowing, and head and neck postures.
About Tongue Lab
Tongue Lab, created in 2012 with operational headquarters in Paris, France, develops and sells the TRP, a patented and connected oral medical device designed to train the tongue. Nightly use of the TRP results in neuromuscular conditioning that enables the tongue to assume and maintain its physiological functions and position. With the TRP, Tongue Lab offers a solution that permanently corrects lingual dysfunctions, which in turn could potentially prevent or heal sleep breathing disorders. Designed for comfort and easy to use, the TRP is available for children and adults through healthcare professionals. Tongue Lab is committed to helping people of all ages improve their health and the quality of their everyday life. For more information, please visit www.tonguelab.net. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
The Coulson Institute for Orofacial Myology
SOURCE Tongue Lab
...We took Melody to see a practitioner, Sandra Coulson, who does orofacial myology. This changed her life (and ours as well). Within one week, we were seeing Melody working less to breathe while sleeping. After a couple of weeks we could observe no apnea while she was sleeping. We have a very high quality pulse ox, and the numbers for her oxygen levels astounded us. She used to be in the 70’s while sleeping without oxygen. Within one week of seeing Sandra her oxygen levels while sleeping were about 89.
Those numbers have steadily increased since then. Now she is typically about 94-95 without oxygen while sleeping, and that number seems to keep rising. Frequently, by morning her oxygen levels are about 96-98. Melody sleeps in a crib in our room and I find it immensely comforting to hear the quiet sound of her rhythmic, non-stressed breathing. In addition to the orofacial myology helping her breathing, Melody has changed in other positive ways as well. For the most part, she no longer snores. It used to be that her snoring was so loud you could hear her from a pretty good distance away. Melody used to be perpetually congested, even when she wasn’t sick. That is no longer the case! Melody used to have her little signature snort while awake. That is resolved. When she is teething she might drool a little more than your average teething baby, but substantially less than she did previously. All of her mouth muscles are so much stronger that she can now drink from a cup!
I am happy to share Melody’s story with anyone who could use it to further disseminate knowledge about what Coulson and Associates do. If we can be a part of helping even one family get the help they need for their baby, we would be honored.