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 [...]

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. [...]

Measuring Lingual Range of Motion

Measuring Lingual Range of Motion

Strength Vs. Range of Motion For so long, we have focused on lingual strength and range-of-motion. Instruments for Measurement The Iowa Oral Performance Instrument (IOPI) and the Tongue Press have all been developed to give us visual and numeric strength measurements of the tongue. The Research We finally have a measurement scale for lingual range of [...]

NSOMES-To Use Them or Not to Use Them…..That is the Debate

NSOMES-To Use Them or Not to Use Them…..That is the Debate

This topic may seem a little off the dysphagia path, but it's not, trust me.  I have actually thought a lot about NSOMES in my therapy as of late.  Not only does NSOME, at least in my eyes, stand for Non-Speech Oral Motor Exercises, I also use the term for Non SWALLOWING Oral Motor Exercises.  This was the March topic [...]

Journey to BRS-S

It's official!  I finally did it and am so extremely happy and excited!!  I finally, not only had my application accepted by the BRS-S (Board Recognized Specialty in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders) and passed the exam.  I can officially put the title BRS-S after my credentials!  I wish that I could say that it was an easy [...]