What is Dysphagia?
Dysphagia is a swallowing disorder that is growing more common with our aging population. It is estimated that 22% of adults above the age of 50 and 55% of those within institutional settings suffer from dysphagia.1
- Dysphagia is commonly caused by weak lingual musculature—often as the result of stroke, neurodegenerative disorders, or head and neck cancer.2, 3
- Dysphagia leads to aspiration pneumonia and the need for invasive treatments such as feeding tubes and dietary modifications.4-6
Clinical evidence supports oropharyngeal strengthening as an effective standard of care to improve swallowing in patients with dysphagia. SwallowSTRONG makes strengthening simple, engaging, and quantifiable.
I-PRO therapy with SwallowSTRONG
Isometric progressive resistance oropharyngeal (I-PRO) therapy is practiced for improved swallowing function. It involves an active application of pressure by the tongue against stable resistance in the mouth.