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VitalStim® Therapy

Good Shepherd’s speech language pathologists are certified in the new cutting edge VitalStim® technology. This neuromuscular electrical stimulation therapy approved by the FDA is used for patients with swallowing disorders, otherwise known as oral-motor dysphagia. VitalStim® is the first proven treatment for dysphagia.

VitalStim® involves the administration of small, electrical impulses to the swallowing muscles in the throat 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.