Exercise

Exercise

Recent and some previous dysphagia literature emphasizes the use of exercise physiology. Researchers such Lazarus et. al, Robbins et.al, Burkhead et. al and Clark have published the need for incorporating exercise physiology into dysphagia therapy. They emphasize the need to understand the muscles involved in the swallowing mechanism, understand their function so that you can [...]

Modified Barium Swallow Study……Part 2

Modified Barium Swallow Study……Part 2

I was recently directed to a blog post by Clinical Colleagues Confidential. regarding Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBSS).  The title of the blog post is:  I have all the answers but nobody is asking me any questions The original blog post can be found at:  http://cccslp.net/whats-the-frequency-3/  This is part 2, because I recently wrote a [...]

MBSImP

MBSImP

MBSImP For those of you that don't know what the heck the MBSImP is, it stands for the Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile.  What it is, an answer to everyone's prayers to FINALLY have a standardized method for swallow studies. Where Can I Find MBSImP This protocol for MBSS is based on more than 10 years [...]

Laryngeal Palpation

Laryngeal Palpation

  Why Are You Strangling the Patient? Relax.....  You may walk in to observe a Clinical Swallow Evaluation and see an SLP with 3 fingers on a patient's neck as the patient is swallowing. What in the World are they Doing?? It's called laryngeal palpation.   The ring finger goes on the patient's cricoid notch, the [...]

Go With the (Peak) Flow

A Clinical Swallow Evaluation is a series of screens that we use to determine if the patient requires more testing or not. Let's face it, whether we like it or not, insurance likes objective data, including numbers indicating a deficit or no deficit.   Peak Flow is a tool that gives us objective numbers to input [...]

“Establishing a Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Clinical Pathway: An Implementation Evaluation and Audit of Dysphagia-Related Services and Outcomes”

If you are considering joining or starting a head and neck cancer program, this is the read for you! I was searching through articles this morning and found this very article stating the importance of a team approach and a systematic approach to head and neck cancer! "Head and neck cancer guidelines recommend multidisciplinary team [...]

3 Reasons You Should Never “Fake it Till You Make it” in Dysphagia

I really don't know where the phrase "fake it till you make it" came but it's one phrase that absolutely makes me cringe in relationship to dysphagia. Don't get me wrong.  You should always go in confident in your skills.  How can you possibly be confident though in skills you don't possess? The scary part [...]