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What is VitalStim® Therapy?

VitalStim® Therapy is a patented therapy process and equipment system developed specifically to treat dysphagia.

It is the only Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) therapy and equipment system to have received clearance from the Food & Drug Administration for the treatment of dysphagia:  muscle re-education by application of external stimulation to the muscles necessary for pharyngeal contraction.  In addition to two patents and FDA clearance, VitalStim Therapy is backed by comprehensive clinical data.

VitalStim Therapy is designed as an adjunct therapy, meaning the clinician will apply VitalStim Therapy while they are working with the patients on other swallowing-related exercises.  Used as an adjunct, VitalStim Therapy has been found to:

  • Be safe for the patient
  • Accelerate the recovery time from a restricted diet
  • Help patients achieve sustained improvement: long term results

The lasting effect of VitalStim Therapy was demonstrated in a 3-year follow-up study, submitted to the FDA, that showed improved swallowing function was maintained.  Most recently, a second published study demonstrated the lasting positive impact of VitalStim Therapy in a group of patients for whom previous attempts at dysphagia therapy had failed.

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