Speech & Hearing

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Swallowing Therapy

Swallowing therapy is important if you have difficulty swallowing while eating or drinking. Problems with swallowing can occur as we age or can result from certain illnesses and injuries—such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, cancer, stroke, or brain injury.

General signs of a swallowing disorder (called dysphagia) may include:
  • Coughing or a gurgled sound in your voice during or after eating or drinking
  • Extra effort or time needed to chew or swallow
  • Food or liquid leaking from your mouth or getting stuck in your mouth
  • Sensation of food sticking in your throat or chest
  • Recurring chest congestion after eating or recurring pneumonias.
  • Weight loss or dehydration from not being able to eat or drink enough
Treatments:

Depending on the cause, symptoms, and type of swallowing problem, we develop an individualized treatment plan aimed at improving your specific condition.

  • Exercises to improve muscle movement in your mouth and throat
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation, which helps restore swallowing function and strength using low electrical current combined with traditional swallowing exercises
  • Changes in your posture, behavior, or oral movement during eating and drinking
  • Recommendations for specific foods and liquids that are easier and safer to swallow