A rehabilitation centre in Ohio is developing a program for the treatment of swallowing disorders called “Synchrony.” The program utilizes two primary rehabilitation technologies: the OmnisEMG and the Omnistim FX2. The program provide patients with a non-invasive method of visualising the swallow mechanism on a colour monitor in real time as opposed to current the MBS method involving X-ray and lower quality black and white imaging. If implemented successfully this method will allow speech pathologists to provide biofeedback for swallow education and swallow exercises that is more accurate, interactive and engaging.
The Synchrony Dysphagia Solutions Program relies on evidence-based treatment protocols, in conjunction with leading edge rehabilitation technology to improve swallowing performance and outcomes, in conjunction with advanced AHSA-approved therapist training that has already taken place in our facility. The rehabilitation equipment used is non-invasive and safe for patients of all ages.
The Omnistim® FX2 provides gentle electrical stimulation using a proprietary waveform called “patterned electrical neuromuscular stimulation” or “PENS.” In addition to addressing the muscle weakness that is often associated with Dysphagia, PENS also helps re-establish normal nerve and muscle firing patterns to improve neuromuscular control. Multiple patents are associated with the PENS waveform as it applies to the treatment of Dysphagia.
Dysphagia can lead to serious complications such as dehydration, malnutrition, a higher rate of infection and aspiration pneumonia, as well as increased re-hospitalization and mortality. Without successful treatment, modified diets, tube feeding and other costly management techniques are often required. Our new SynchronyTM program has been designed to address these considerations and ultimately, to improve outcomes and quality of life for individuals with swallowing disorders.
Heartland of Jackson is proud to introduce publicly their new Speech Therapist Andrea Burke. Andrea is very excited with HCR Manorcare/Heartland New Synchrony Program. HCR Manorcare is the only company at this time in the US to utilize this program.