Help for Swallowing

Help for Swallowing

Dysphagia means “swallowing problem” – moving food safely from the mouth into the food pipe (oesophagus). Information about dysphagia can be found here and here.

Swallowing is something we do at least 900 times a day. Swallowing is a complicated process, involving many small, fast and highly coordinated movements. When there’s a problem with one of more of the processes involved in swallowing, it can have a big impact on the individual.

Dysphagia can be caused by any injury or illness that affects the brain’s ability to control the processes involved in swallowing. This includes stroke, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, spinocerebellar degeneration, and surgery to the head or neck.

Belinda at Neuro SLP has been involved in swallowing assessment and therapy for the last 32 years. Belinda diagnoses swallowing problems (dysphagia) and uses current evidence to develop a treatment plan tailored to each person’s needs. The plan might include changes to food textures and the thickness of fluids, and specific swallowing rehabilitation exercises or swallowing techniques. Referral for diagnostic tests such as a Videofluroscopic Swallow Study (VFSS) or Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) may be made. Belinda works holistically, liaising closely with the person’s treating healthcare team to ensure the most appropriate management is implemented.