One Step Back and Two Steps Up and Forward: The Superior Movements of Research Defining the Utility of the Mendelsohn Maneuver for Improving UES Function The Mendelsohn maneuver has been used as both a compensatory strategy and a rehabilitation exercise since it was first described in the mid-1980s. Its purpose has been widely agreed upon: to improve hyolaryngeal movement and, consequently, opening of the upper esophageal sphincter during deglutition. Reports of success with the maneuver ... Article
Article  |   February 01, 2014
One Step Back and Two Steps Up and Forward: The Superior Movements of Research Defining the Utility of the Mendelsohn Maneuver for Improving UES Function
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  • Gary H. McCullough
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR
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Article   |   February 01, 2014
One Step Back and Two Steps Up and Forward: The Superior Movements of Research Defining the Utility of the Mendelsohn Maneuver for Improving UES Function
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), February 2014, Vol. 23, 5-10. doi:10.1044/sasd23.1.5
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), February 2014, Vol. 23, 5-10. doi:10.1044/sasd23.1.5

The Mendelsohn maneuver has been used as both a compensatory strategy and a rehabilitation exercise since it was first described in the mid-1980s. Its purpose has been widely agreed upon: to improve hyolaryngeal movement and, consequently, opening of the upper esophageal sphincter during deglutition. Reports of success with the maneuver in isolation and as part of a larger regimen of treatments have been published. New technologies and research are clarifying the ways in which the Mendelsohn maneuver, as well as other treatments and strategies, impact swallowing musculature and bolus flow and provide improved understanding of the impact of various exercise protocols.

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