North Mississippi Medical Center offers therapy for dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing.
Dysphagia often accompanies conditions like:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Mouth or throat cancer
- Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Several other degenerative and muscular conditions
VitalStim Therapy combines the physiologic benefits of neuromuscular electrical stimulation and voluntary therapeutic programming. VitalStim Therapy uses a specialized neuromuscular electrical stimulation system and uniquely designed surface electrodes to stimulate inactive swallowing muscles commonly found in patients with dysphagia. Both children and adults can benefit from VitalStim treatment unless otherwise contraindicated.
Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation (DPNS)
DPNS directly stimulates the pharyngeal musculature with specifically progressive and accountable techniques. DPNS has been shown to have a dramatic effect upon restoration of swallow function, improving quickly the redirective/reflexive cough and improving vocal quality through efficient vocal fold adduction function. DPNS can be used alone or in conjunction with VitalStim to restore swallowing ability.