Dysphagia is defined as difficulty in swallowing. Patients with dysphagia usually exhibit signs of penetration or aspirations (food or liquid getting into the lungs), muscle weakness and difficulty managing a normal diet. An impaired swallow often results in feeding restrictions, which in turn contribute to a decline in quality of life.
It can occur as a result of a stroke or other neurological diseases, normal aging or after a long period of inactivity. An estimated 15 million daults in the US currently suffer from dysphagia.
At Five Rivers Medical Center Rehabilitative Services, we offer VitalStim Therapy as a treatment option for Dysphagia.
VitalStim Therapy is designed to help swallowing through the use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES). Electrical stimulation is used to aid muscle strengthening to rehabilitate the swallow. The sensory stimulation that is provided also helps muscle recruitment and swallowing function.
Contact our Rehabilitative Services office at 870-892-6009 to schedule your appointment with our speech pathologist to see if you qualify for VitalStim Therapy.