The Therapy Insights Blog — head and neck cancer
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Helping people visualize how the swallow works is the first step in meaningful dysphagia therapy. The swallow mechanism itself is incredibly complex, using over 30 nerves and muscles (or more, depending on who you ask). It’s an interwoven dance with several key elements that can break down along the way. Before starting dysphagia therapy, ask your patients: “What has anyone told you about your swallowing disorder? What can you tell me about it?” This will give you a starting point and will begin the long dialogue that will help tease out what the person needs and wants from therapy. From...