Lazy Tongue Syndrome: Symptoms & Exercises For Lazy Tongue

The lazy tongue syndrome is a condition wherein speech is greatly affected due to the twisting of the tongue.

Below are some facts that are associated with lazy tongue syndrome:

  • The lazy tongue syndrome does not only occur and begin in childhood but can strike at any age.
  • The syndrome mainly happens or is caused by major stress that is brought about by painful events in life like death of a close friend or a loved one, divorce, loss of a job, etc.
  • Patients that have the lazy tongue syndrome usually have low self-esteem. Boosting self-esteem alone on the other hand cannot treat or control the condition.
  • Stress management techniques are often used to control the symptoms associated with lazy tongue syndrome. These techniques often involve lazy tongue exercises and self-hypnotic affirmations.
  • The feelings which are dealt with when it comes to managing lazy tongue syndrome and using stress management techniques include rejection, frustration, and disappointment.

Exercises For Lazy Tongue Speech Problem

Stress management techniques that are used to control symptoms of lazy tongue syndrome often involve a good number of exercises that can help the tongue function properly. These exercises include:

  • Rhythmic breathing exercises can be used to manage symptoms of lazy tongue syndrome.
    One of the most common breathing exercises that are done is the pranayama or the breathing exercise that is usually done in yoga. Benefits of this kind of exercise that can help deal with the syndrome include increase in oxygen levels, reestablishment of the body’s natural rhythm, and can help in acquiring confidence, calm thoughts, and a sense of optimism.
  • Relaxation exercises for certain muscles that greatly affect the tongue are also used. The targeted areas here include the muscles of the mouth, jaw, and tongue. The exercises are done by stretching the muscles and then releasing it to mentally program relaxing feelings. The exercises that are done here also involve other muscles that are located in the face.
  • Physical exercises that can help overall health of the patient and cause a boost in self esteem are also used.

Symptoms of Lazy Tongue Syndrome

  • Patients with this syndrome often have tongues that seem not to move fast enough when speaking which results to slurred speech and stuttering.
  • The syndrome will let the patient feel as if the tongue is enlarged and easy to bite.
  • Symptoms that can be observed in stuttering can also be observed in patients with lazy tongue syndrome. These symptoms include difficulties in starting a word, repetition of certain syllables or words, jaw and lips that tremble, tension and tightness observed in the face and upper body, and rapid blinking of the eyes.


  1. R T said:

    Can you show me some relaxation exercise of the face muscles?

    April 2, 2013
    • PUP said:

      Try forehead crunch. It helps to tighten the muscles of forehead and around the eyes. Contract the muscle of forehead for five seconds and then relax. You will feel tension release from eyes and brows. Also keep your palms gently on your face and rotate it gently in clockwise and anticlockwise direction. Repeat it 3 to 4 times.

      April 3, 2013
  2. AMN said:

    My relative has been told that she has lazy tongue. She is nervous and tense as her son is in the hospital who just received a liver. Someone has told her that a dentist could give her something to hold her mouth open. Is that possible?

    September 24, 2017

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