How It Works:

What Is VitalStim® Therapy?



VitalStim® therapy is a safe and effective treatment for patients suffering with dysphagia. It is a non-invasive, external electrical stimulation therapy (neuromuscular electrical stimulation) cleared to market by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002.

VitalStim® therapy is designed to be used at the same time as traditional swallowing therapy. A therapist will apply VitalStim® while simultaneously working with the patient on swallowing exercises.



VitalStim® involves the administration of small, electrical impulses to the swallowing muscles in the throat or face through electrodes attached to the skin. Once the electrodes are placed and current intensity has been increased to a satisfactory level, the therapist begins traditional exercise therapy with the patient.  The patient exercises the swallowing muscles for periods of up to one hour while receiving concurrent VitalStim® therapy.

VitalStim®, when applied in this manner, increases muscle strength, accelerates cortical reorganization and increases the effectiveness of the exercise therapy.Type your paragraph here.

PEDIATRIC THERAPY SERVICES 

Southeastern Communication and Swallowing Specialists offer innovative VitalStim® therapy to treat children with dysphagia/difficulty swallowing. Specially certified speech language pathologists implement VitalStim® therapy in conjunction with traditional treatments for dysphagia in order to achieve the maximal amount of progress in shorter time frames.