Take Two Swallows and Call Me in the Morning Several treatments have been proposed for dysphagia management, including the supraglottic swallow (Lazarus, Logemann, & Gibbons, 1993); the Mendelsohn maneuever (Shaker, Kern, & Bardan, 1997); the Masako technique or tongue holding technique (Fujiu & Logemann, 1996; Fujiu, Logemann, & Pauloski, 1995); tongue strengthening exercises (Lazarus, Logemann, Huang, & Rademaker, 2003; ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2007
Take Two Swallows and Call Me in the Morning
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  • Christine Sapienza
    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2007
Take Two Swallows and Call Me in the Morning
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2007, Vol. 16, 14-18. doi:10.1044/sasd16.2.14
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2007, Vol. 16, 14-18. doi:10.1044/sasd16.2.14
Several treatments have been proposed for dysphagia management, including the supraglottic swallow (Lazarus, Logemann, & Gibbons, 1993); the Mendelsohn maneuever (Shaker, Kern, & Bardan, 1997); the Masako technique or tongue holding technique (Fujiu & Logemann, 1996; Fujiu, Logemann, & Pauloski, 1995); tongue strengthening exercises (Lazarus, Logemann, Huang, & Rademaker, 2003; Lazarus, 2006; Robbins et al., 2007); and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (Shaw et al., 2007), as well as other techniques and/or maneuvers.
The regimen of these therapies varies by the number of treatments that occurs per day, number of trials practiced per day, and the intended therapeutic target. For example, a therapeutic target might be to strengthen the tongue musculature or to strengthen the submental musculature in order to affect the biomechanical process of swallow or the timing of the swallow process. While each technique seeks to have an effective outcome on swallow function, not all of the techniques have provided equal evidence of their outcomes and some reported outcomes have been largely anecdotal.
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