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Dysphagia-VitalStim Therapy is a type of therapy that specifically targets people who have difficulty swallowing or weak swallowing muscles. The goal of this therapy is to help individuals with dysphagia regain control and increase strength, coordination, and range of movement in the swallowing muscles. Vital Stimulation utilizes neuromuscular electric stimulation to reeducate the muscles involved in normal swallowing function. It also helps increase the speed and efficiency of the swallow reflex. Through Dysphagia-VitalStim Therapy, our speech pathologists help to improve our patients’ abilities to swallow food and liquids more safely and effectively.
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Dysphagia is a medical condition characterized by difficulty swallowing. It can occur in individuals of all ages and can be caused by a variety of factors, including neurological disorders, structural abnormalities, and certain medical conditions.
- Dysphagia can be caused by neurological disorders such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis.
- It can also be caused by structural abnormalities such as a tumor or stricture in the esophagus.
- Certain medical conditions such as scleroderma and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can also cause dysphagia.
VitalStim Therapy is a non-invasive treatment method that uses electrical stimulation to help improve muscle function and coordination in individuals with dysphagia. It is typically used in conjunction with traditional swallowing therapy and can help improve swallowing function and reduce the risk of aspiration.
VitalStim Therapy works by delivering low-level electrical stimulation to the muscles used for swallowing. This stimulation helps to increase muscle tone and improve coordination, which can improve swallowing function. The therapy is typically administered using a small device that delivers the electrical stimulation through electrodes placed on the skin.
VitalStim Therapy can be beneficial for individuals of all ages who have difficulty swallowing due to a variety of factors, including neurological disorders, structural abnormalities, and certain medical conditions. It is typically used in conjunction with traditional swallowing therapy and can help improve swallowing function and reduce the risk of aspiration.
The length of VitalStim Therapy can vary depending on the individual's needs and progress. A typical course of therapy involves several sessions per week for several weeks. The therapy can be completed in 8-12 weeks, and progress is monitored throughout the therapy to ensure that the therapy is providing the desired results.
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