Books to Read-Clinical Anatomy and Physiology of the Swallow Mechanism

This book is a great read to help understand the anatomy and physiology of the swallowing system.  It breaks the information down into an easy-to-read format.  This is a book that I used extensively when studying for for BCS-S exam and still have the book to reference when I question anatomy or physiology.  Definitely worth [...]

The Patient Exercising Their Right to Choose (Formerly The Non Compliant Patient)

EDIT 1/4/17.  Due to a recent Facebook post, I wanted to change some wording on this post.  As with all areas of dysphagia, I continue to grow, learn and change my beliefs, mainly because of the patients I serve. Although my belief stands that those patients who do not follow my recommendation continue to require [...]

Supraglottic and Super-Supraglottic Swallows and Tongue Pressure-Research Review

Fujiwara, S, Ono, T, Minagi, Y, Fujiu-Kurachi, M, Hori, K, Maeda, Y, Boroumand, S, Nitschke, I, Ursula, V, Bohlender, J.  Effect of Supraglottic and Super-supraglottic swallows on Tongue Pressure Production against Hard Palate.  Dysphagia (2014) 29:655-662.   The Super- and Supraglottic Swallows are maneuvers used to assist in early airway closure to prevent food or [...]

To Tuck or Not to Tuck

The chin tuck.  I'm not talking about Chin Tuck Against Resistance (CTAR), I'm talking about the compensatory strategy.  That strategy that we've taught so well that nurses, respiratory therapists and doctors all tell patients, if you're having trouble swallowing, just tuck your chin.  Somewhere down the road, we've made the chin tuck the end-all be-all [...]

Books to Read-The Source for Pediatric Dysphagia

If you saw my last Books to Read post and LOVE The Source for Dysphagia, this is another must-have for pediatric SLPs. This is another great book discussing dysphagia in the pediatric population along with assessment and treatment ideas for various dysfunctions.  This book not only offers great advice, but forms that you can utilize [...]

Variations in Tongue-Palate Pressures with Xantham Gum Thickened Liquids-Research Overview

Steele, CM, Molfenter, SM, Peladeau-Pigeon, M, Polacco, RC, Yee, C.  Variations in Tongue-Palate Swallowing Pressures When Swallowing Xantham Gum-Thickened Liquids.  Dysphagia (2014) 29:678-684. "Thickened liquids are frequently recommended to reduce the risk of aspiration in patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia."  We know that tongue-palate pressures increase with thicker liquids, however little is known about the differences [...]