What is Dysphagia? Dysphagia is when a person has difficulty swallowing due to a disease, condition, or surgical intervention.
Dysphagia can occur at different stages in the swallowing process: oral phase, pharyngeal phase or esophageal phase.
Sage Rehabilitation Outpatient/Day Neuro Program has a team of speech-language pathologists that are certified and trained in the most up-to-date and evidence-based swallowing therapeutic treatment methods.
Our speech-language pathologists can determine which program will address your individual patient needs so that you may continue eating the foods that you love.
There are a wide range of diagnoses that cause dysphagia symptoms which include:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Huntington’s disease
- Brain Injury
Our Dysphagia program provides a comprehensive range of therapeutic services to patients who have suffered such injuries, all customized to meet a patient’s individual needs and goals.
Services include, but are not limited to:
- Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
- Visual Feedback during strengthening exercises to measure effort and facilitate goal oriented treatment
- Individualized Home Exercise Program training
- Compensatory strategy training
- Diet Modification
- Positioning recommendations
- Training with meal trials
Our speech-language pathology staff has several certifications and training as well as experience treating swallowing disorders in the neurologically affected population. We have therapists trained in:
- VitalStim Therapy: A safe, effective and non-invasive external stimulation for dysphagia
- Ampcare’s Effective Swallowing Protocol: a therapy program that involves intensive exercise in conjunction with neuromuscular stimulation to re-educate and strengthen swallowing muscles
- Intraoral Pressure Instrument (IOPI): a visual feedback tool that can measure the strength and effort of the lips and the tongue helping provide therapeutic goals for our patients
- Traditional Swallowing therapy methods: up to date and evidence-based therapeutic approaches that include swallowing exercises, diet modification, compensatory strategy training, and positioning recommendations