Effective, Innovative Treatment for Swallowing Problems
Dysphagia, or swallowing problems, affects up to 15 million Americans, with almost one million new cases diagnosed every year. If an individual is experiencing difficulty swallowing, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Left untreated, dysphagia can lead to serious complications – even death.
The Dysphagia Treatment Program at Peabody
If an individual has experienced swallowing problems or eating-related issues, it would be beneficial to consider the Synchrony dysphagia treatment program at Peabody. These issues include:
- Pain while swallowing
- Being unable to swallow normally
- Having the sensation of food getting stuck in the throat
- Drooling, coughing or gagging when swallowing
- Finding it necessary to cut food into smaller pieces
- Avoiding certain foods altogether because of swallowing problems.
The Synchrony™ OmnisEMG™ System enables therapists and patients to visualize swallowing activity. A small, non-invasive sensor placed on the patient’s skin captures electrical activity of muscles. Specialized software displays this information on a color monitor for therapist and patient use.
The Benefits of the Synchrony Dysphagia Treatment Program
- Provides real-time feedback on swallowing activity for patients and therapists
- Guides therapeutic exercise to improve exercise performance and outcomes
- Provides interactive activities that enhance patient motivation and exercise performance
- Generates objective measurement data
Medical research supports these therapies to help re-establish the muscle strength and coordination required for normal swallowing.
Elements of the treatment program include:
- Swallowing exercises to build strength. Simple exercises guided by a therapist can be used to help improve strength and swallowing ability.
- Gentle electrical pulses to strengthen weak muscles. Gentle, comfortable electrical pulses can be used to strengthen the muscles necessary for normal swallowing – even when an individual may feel too tired or weak to exercise on their own.
- Virtual reality guided biofeedback to improve swallowing function. Biofeedback has been used for many years to help people visualize and control various functions in the body, including swallowing. The special biofeedback system in our program also uses game-like visualizations to help make swallowing activities more enjoyable and even fun for patients.
If you’d like to learn more about the Synchrony program for difficulty swallowing and eating-related problems, please contact us today, (260) 982-0808.