Is it possible to swallow your tongue?
Yes, it is possible. You just need to have a little bit of courage and determination.
In order to do so, you will first need to understand what exactly happens when you swallow your tongue. When you swallow your tongue, there are several things that happen:
1) You take a breath through the mouth and then expel the air through the nose.
2) You inhale through the nostrils and exhale through the mouth.
3) You move your tongue from one side of your mouth to another.
4) You put some saliva into your mouth and then spit it out again.
5) Your body relaxes its muscles which allows you to breathe easier than before.
6) You feel relaxed and comfortable.
There are many ways to swallow your tongue. Some people like to hold their tongues while others prefer to use a straw or other objects. There are also different types of swallows which include:
1) Swallowing your tongue with a spoon (a spoon is used to push the food down the throat).
This method requires great concentration because you must not only eat but also squeeze the food into the mouth as well.
2) Swallowing your tongue with a teaspoon.
This method is similar to the process of swallowing with a spoon, however, the difference lies in that you use a teaspoon instead of a spoon.
3) Swallowing your tongue with a fork.
The concept of this method is similar to the previous two methods. You eat and you squeeze the food into the mouth with a fork instead of using a spoon or a teaspoon.
4) Swallowing your tongue with a knife.
The concept of this method is similar to the previous three methods. You eat and you squeeze the food into the mouth with a knife instead of using a spoon, a fork or a teaspoon.
5) Swallowing your tongue by yourself.
This method is similar to the above methods except that no objects are used to help you eat but rather only your tongue is used.
The swallow your tongue silence of the lambs is a good example of devices that can be used to help you swallow your tongue. The first and most common device that is used to help people swallow their tongues is a little, soft, colourful pillow which can either be squeezed or pushed against the roof of your mouth to push your tongue backwards. There are also rings which can be tied to different parts of the mouth in order to hold the tongue in place.
Another great device used to help people swallow their tongue is chewing gum. The tongue of a chewer moves automatically to chew the gum inside the mouth and so the tongue is held in place by itself. There are also strips which can be placed directly on the tongue in order to prevent it from falling to the wrong place in the mouth.
Another great device used to help people swallow their tongue is a simple but effective tool known as the chin-up bar.
Sources & references used in this article:
Differences in tongue strength across age and gender: is there a diminished strength reserve? by SR Youmans, GL Youmans, JAG Stierwalt – Dysphagia, 2009 – Springer
Effects of tongue pressing effortful swallow in older healthy individuals by T Park, Y Kim – Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2016 – Elsevier
Evaluation of manometric measures during tongue-hold swallows by SH Doeltgen, U Witte, F Gumbley… – American Journal of …, 2009 – ASHA