Bringing you the latest news and events related to dysphagia and Thick-It® products.
Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, is a disorder that may be caused by stroke, neurological disease, dementia, or other factors. It poses the danger of aspiration and choking, while also increasing the likelihood of dehydration and malnutrition over time.
If a loved one or friend has been diagnosed with dysphagia, you probably feel concerned, empathetic, and maybe even confused. When you are taking on the caregiver role for a person diagnosed with a swallowing disorder, you may also feel overwhelmed. Understanding the causes of this disorder, as well as the necessary care precautions, and even the emotional aspects involved, will help to making caring for your friend or loved one an easier and more productive experience.
For years, starch has been used to thicken beverages for patients with dysphagia. While starch-based thickeners serve an important role and are readily available to most people, more recently, xanthan gum-based thickeners have entered the market. They deliver many important attributes that help improve quality of life for people with dysphagia.
With over 50 muscles and nerves involved during the act of swallowing, problems sometimes occur that inhibit this process. This swallowing challenge, know as dysphagia, can be a very serious issue but, when properly diagnosed, is often treatable by a physician and/or Speech Language Pathologist (SLP).
Electrical stimulation as a treatment option for dysphagia has received much attention recently from patients who are experiencing swallowing difficulties and seeking the best possible dysphagic-related therapies.1 Is electrical stimulation safe? And is it effective? Here are commonly asked questions regarding this therapy option.
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