E-Stim Therapy (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation)

 

VitalStim® Therapy is a safe and effective treatment for patients suffering with difficulty swallowing or dysphagia. The VitalStim® Therapy System is a non-invasive neurodevelopmental treatment to help swallowing through the use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES). Electrical stimulation is used to aid muscle strengthening and muscle recruitment to rehabilitate the swallow. The VitalStim® Therapy System is designed as an adjunct modality, meaning a clinician will apply VitalStim while simultaneously working with the patient on swallowing exercise. Used as an adjunct to traditional swallowing therapy, VitalStim has been found to:

  • Be safe and effective for patients 1
  • Accelerate the recovery time from a restricted diet 2
  • Help patients achieve sustained improvement and long term results 3
  • Help patients for whom previous attempts at dysphagia therapy had failed4
  • Help patients become tube independant5