Vitalstim Therapy

by Cori Crittle
Therapy Manager
Southern Hills Skilled Nurinsg & Rehab

Treating Dysphagia

VitalstimDysphagia is defined as difficulty swallowing and affects nearly 15 million adults in the United States.  Dysphagia can be extremely morbid, and complications include aspiration pneumonia, malnutrition, dehydration, pulmonary fibrosis, and death. Managing dysphagia as soon as it is detected is essential in treating these symptoms.  Vitalstim Therapy is a type of therapy using neuromuscular electrical stimulation to stimulate the muscles that are active during the swallow. There are many other techniques used to treat dysphagia. Some of these techniques include compensatory strategies, diet modifications, and oral motor exercises.

Only Vitalstim

Vitalstim is the only therapy technique that stimulates the swallowing muscles using an external electrical stimulation. The use of electrical simulations has been practiced by physical and occupational therapy for many ears. Vitalstim can improve dysphagia, then the patient can swallow more effectively, therefore reducing the number of illnesses and deaths caused by dysphagia.

If you or someone you know has dysphagia and would benefit from Vitalstim therapy, please contact Southern Hills Nursing and Rehab at 440-816-7500 Our Speech therapist is highly qualified in Vitalstim therapy.

About Southern Hills Skilled Nursing & Rehab

At Southern Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located 1/2 mile from Southwest General Hospital and 5 miles from Fairview Hospital, we are dedicated to meeting a wide range of personal and medical needs with care and compassion. Southern Hills offers long-term care as well as memory care. Specializing in physical, occupational and speech therapy, our team of skilled therapist will effectively and efficiently prepare you for your return home.

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