Influence of posture on swallowing

Eur J Paediatr Dent. 2011 Sep;12(3):171-4.


Aim: This study investigates the relationship between posture disorders and swallowing, either of infantile type or affected by the presence of a short lingual frenulum.

Materials and methods: The stabilometry examinations, taking into account the Romberg index and the LFS value, and when needed a frenectomy, showed positive variations in the recovery of a proper posture. The data were analysed by means of the Wilcoxon signed-rank test.

Results and conclusion: This study showed that swallowing is able to modulate postural control and it can be a determining factor in postural syndromes that, if not promptly intercepted, may evolve into full-blown and irreversible musculoskeletal disorders for which treatment often proves ineffective.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Deglutition / physiology*
  • Deglutition Disorders / physiopathology
  • Deglutition Disorders / therapy
  • Eye Movements / physiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lingual Frenum / abnormalities
  • Lingual Frenum / surgery
  • Male
  • Open Bite / physiopathology
  • Open Bite / therapy
  • Postural Balance / physiology
  • Posture / physiology*
  • Tongue / abnormalities
  • Tongue / physiopathology
  • Tongue Habits / adverse effects
  • Tongue Habits / therapy
  • Vision, Ocular / physiology