CTAR (Chin Tuck Against Resistance)

CTAR (Chin Tuck Against Resistance)

Way back in 2014...... Way back in 2014, an article was published describing Chin Tuck Against Resistance. When we look at patients with dysphagia from Pharyngoesophageal Segment (PES) dysfunction, we look at strengthening the suprahyoid muscles. These muscles assist in hyolaryngeal excursion and therefore play a part in esophageal opening. Isokinetic vs. Isometric CTAR vs [...]

3 Things to Stop Doing in Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment

3 Things to Stop Doing in Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment

Have you ever taken a moment to look at and assess your own treatment and  evaluation techniques?  Have you been using the same techniques and exercises for 20 years? Too often we become content with what we're doing and stop looking to new research to continue to grow in our profession. Dysphagia is a rapidly [...]

Carbonated Beverages

Carbonated Beverages

Not Nectar Thick When patients have dysphagia, often sensory techniques, including carbonation can help increase aspects of the swallow.  For some reason, at one point in time, the research was translated to substitution of carbonated beverages, including soda to replace nectar thick liquids.   Carbonated Beverages Carbonated beverages have hit the dysphagia world by storm. [...]