Help for Swallowing
Neuro SLP has been involved in swallowing assessment and therapy for the last 30 years. Neuro SLP 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. Where appropriate, neuromuscular electrical stimulation and biofeedback may be used in conjunction with swallowing therapy to assist recovery. Referral for diagnostic tests such as a Videofluroscopic Swallow Study (VFSS) or Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) may be made. Neuro SLP works holistically, liaising closely with the person’s treating healthcare team to ensure the most appropriate management is implemented.
Dysphagia means “swallowing problem” – moving food safely from the mouth into the food pipe (oesophagus).
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.