Point/Counterpoint: Electrical Stimulation for Dysphagia: The Argument for Electrical Stimulation for Dysphagia This article is one side of the debate about the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES or “VitalStim”) in dysphagia treatment and presents the case supporting the use of this modality. I present published results of clinical trials examining the effectiveness of NMES and acknowledge some flaws in the trials. ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2011
Point/Counterpoint: Electrical Stimulation for Dysphagia: The Argument for Electrical Stimulation for Dysphagia
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jennifer Carter
    Carter Swallowing Center, LLC, Englewood, CO
  • Editor's Note/Disclosure of Proprietary Interest: Please be advised that the author of this paper had a financial interest in the program she describes (i.e., she served as clinical dysphagia consultant to DJO Global, the manufacturer of VitalStim Therapy, on a contract basis and as VitalStim Certification course instructor for CIAO Seminars, which is not affiliated with DJO).
    Editor's Note/Disclosure of Proprietary Interest: Please be advised that the author of this paper had a financial interest in the program she describes (i.e., she served as clinical dysphagia consultant to DJO Global, the manufacturer of VitalStim Therapy, on a contract basis and as VitalStim Certification course instructor for CIAO Seminars, which is not affiliated with DJO).×
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Point/Counterpoint
Article   |   December 01, 2011
Point/Counterpoint: Electrical Stimulation for Dysphagia: The Argument for Electrical Stimulation for Dysphagia
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 2011, Vol. 20, 96-101. doi:10.1044/sasd20.4.96
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 2011, Vol. 20, 96-101. doi:10.1044/sasd20.4.96

This article is one side of the debate about the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES or “VitalStim”) in dysphagia treatment and presents the case supporting the use of this modality. I present published results of clinical trials examining the effectiveness of NMES and acknowledge some flaws in the trials. The evidence shows that, when added to traditional therapy, NMES makes a statistically significant positive difference for a variety of traditional treatment approaches to which it may be added.

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