Dysphagia is the medical term for ‘difficulty swallowing’. It often affects the elderly or those suffering from neurological conditions, but can occur in infants and children. Other causes of dysphagia include acid reflux, vocal cord paralysis, post-surgical scarring or tumors in the mouth, throat and/or esophagus.
You may be suffering from dysphagia if you have:
- Difficulty or pain when swallowing
- Prolonged meal times of 30 minutes or more
- A feeling of food caught in your throat
- Experiencing frequent heartburn
- Drooling or regurgitating of food
- Coughing or gagging when eating
- A hoarse voice
What is Swallowing Therapy?
Swallowing therapy is dynamic treatment that may include dietary modifications special swallowing exercises, the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), and/or surface electromyography (sEMG) to help with muscle co-ordination.
Guardian Therapy is FDA approved for the use in adults and in children. At Aspire we also specialize in the use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation with the innovative ASPIRE 2 device and The Guardian Way™ swallowing protocol. In fact, we are the only clinic facility in NY State that who offers this pioneering treatment approach for swallowing dysfunction. The state-of-the-art stimulator is placed on the muscles used for swallowing. Short, painless electric impulses then stimulate the muscles needed to re-educates and strengthen the muscles for swallowing.