Press Release

Effects of tongue right positioner use on tongue pressure: a pilot study

March 16, 2023


The effectiveness of the tongue right positioner (TRP) use on oral and swallowing functions remains unclear. To investigate the effects of TRP use on tongue function in patients with dysphagia. This interventional study included eight participants with dysphagia who visited a university dental hospital. The measurement variables included tongue pressure (TP) as the primary outcome and lip and tongue movements, peak nasal inspiratory flow, and changes in the tongue and suprahyoid muscle regions on ultrasonography as the secondary outcomes. Each participant was asked to use a TRP for at least 8 h every night for 2 months. The measurement variables before and after the intervention were compared using the paired t test and Wilcoxon signed-rank test. TP after intervention (31.5 ± 13.1 kPa) was significantly higher than that before intervention (23.0 ± 13.4 kPa), while other measurement variables did not significantly improve. Numerous exercises have been suggested to improve TP; however, most require patients’ adherence to instructions. In contrast, although participants did not perform active exercises, most participants in this study observed an improved TP. Our findings show that TRP can greatly improve TP after 2 months of usage.

Journal Article

JOURNAL: Scientific Reports

TITLE:Effects of tongue right positioner use on tongue pressure: a pilot study


Correspondence to

  1. Haruka Tohara, Professor

    Department of Dysphagia Rehabilitation,
    Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, 
    Tokyo Medical and Dental University(TMDU)

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