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.

This therapy, called Vitalstim® 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.