Therapy for Swallowing Disorders
When a person has difficulty with swallowing, it is called dysphagia. It can occur as a result of a stroke or other disease, after a long period of inactivity, or as part of normal aging.
When someone has dysphagia, they:
- have food or liquid that gets into the lungs
- show muscle weakness
- have difficulty managing a normal diet
These problems can lead to depression or withdrawal from others.
With BJC Home Care Services, a certified speech language pathologist provides therapy to help people get back to eating normally. Therapy is provided in the home three days a week, and patients usually see improvement after 12 sessions.
This therapy, called VitalStim R Therapy, requires an order from your physician. It safely and effectively strengthens the muscles used to swallow through neuromuscular electrical stimulation.
To read what a patient had to say that received this therapy, click here.