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 therapy 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