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Simple Tools

and Techniques

for Treating Dysphagia

Four Ways to Treat Dysphagia

The symptoms of dysphagia can make everyday activities like eating and drinking a challenge.
But under the care of an SLP and a physician, there are many treatments and tools that can help manage and improve the condition.

1 Simple, Everyday Solutions

Nosey Cups can be immediately helpful for those with dysphagia. Since these cups have a cutout on the non-drinking side, the cup itself can be tilted back without the nose interfering.

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2 Eating and Drinking Positions

A simple change can make eating and drinking with dysphagia much safer. An individual with dysphagia should sit upright at an 90° angle, which makes it much more difficult to aspirate liquids or food.

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3 Electrotherapy

Electrical stimulation therapy can actually re-educate the throat muscles that help you swallow. The VitalStim Plus may be used by a certified SLP to treat those with dysphagia. There are preset programs that can also be customized and visuals to keep the patient engaged and encouraged throughout the process.

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4 Muscle Strengthening Exercises

By strengthening the muscles of the throat, the dangers of aspiration may be avoided. In this case, the Expiratory Muscle Strength Trainer, or the EMST 150, is the ideal tool since it’s clinically proven to strengthen those muscles to improve breathing, coughing, swallowing, and even speech. This will increase control when eating and drinking as well.

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