About dysphagia therapy
Dysphagia, a swallowing disorder, is usually caused by muscle or nerve problems. This condition may be a symptom of a neurological disorder, or may occur after a person has had a stroke, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), or throat and mouth cancer. Whatever the root cause of the disorder, dysphagia therapy professionals in Sydney can be invaluable in improving the ability to swallow properly.
Speech language pathologists use a variety of strategies and exercises for addressing swallowing disorders. Dysphagia therapy may involve a specific diet regimen, surgery, and an array of activities designed to improve swallowing function. The treatment method will depend on the underlying condition causing the disorder.
Exercises that improve swallowing coordination, strengthen muscles, and improve the overall movement required during the swallowing process are often effective in resolving the disorder when used in conjunction with other treatment methods. Teaching the person suffering from the disorder essential postural changes can make the swallowing process much safer and more effective.
Some people suffering from the disorder are sensitive to food consistency or the temperature of food. By making tailored diet modifications, the swallowing process can become easier.
Tongue, jaw and lip exercises can also be beneficial in treating dysphagia. Before following dysphagia therapy techniques, schedule an appointment with a speech language pathologist in Sydney who can perform diagnostic tests so that the cause of the disorder can be understood before moving forward. This will allow a customised, effective treatment plan to be created so that significant improvements can be made.
If you have questions about dysphagia therapy contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a speech pathologist. We‘ll provide you with a straightforward, efficient and very effective treatment plan targeted to your concerns.