A NON-INVASIVE STIMULATION THERAPY THAT TREATS SWALLOWING DISORDERS
VitalStim, also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), is used to treat both the pediatric and adult population with dysphagia/swallowing disorders. A uniquely certified speech-language pathologist administers NMES in conjunction with oral motor, swallowing, and feeding therapeutic activities in order to improve the swallow function. It is a non-invasive, external electrical stimulation therapy approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation involves the administration of small, electrical impulses to the swallowing muscles in the throat through electrodes attached to the skin overlying the musculature. Once electrodes are placed and current has been increased to the appropriate level, the therapist begins traditional oral motor, feeding, and swallowing exercises with the patient. The patient exercises the swallowing muscles for periods of up to one hour while receiving concurrent VitalStim therapy.
In VitalStim therapy, we never forget that a kid is a kid by ensuring therapy is fun, safe, and inviting. Our expectation: life-changing results.
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