VitalStim® Therapy

VitalStim® Therapy is a non-invasive form of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) used to treat people with dysphagia.  

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) uses a device that sends electrical impulses to nerves, causing the muscles to contract at a greater intensity than you can do on your own. In addition to improving swallowing function, NMES can increase strength and range of motion. 

In addition to traditional therapy, VitalStim® has been found to be: 

  • Safe and effective for patients
  • Accelerate the recovery time from a restricted or modified diet 
  • Help patients achieve sustained improvement and long-term results 
  • Improve quality of life

How long does treatment last?

Treatment sessions usually last one hour. However, due to the age and other health conditions of the patient, treatment time may decrease.   

Side effects may include redness or irritation to the skin which typically clears with a topical moisturizer in 24 to 48 hours. The electrical current may start off as a slight tingling sensation and build to a pulling sensation.

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