Welcome to VitalStim UK

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VitalStim therapy is a specialized form of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) designed to treat swallowing disorders through muscle re-education. FDA (Federal Drug Association) has approved this therapy in December 2001. Transcutaneous neuromuscular electrical stimulation for oropharyngeal dysphagia in adults (IPG634). Interventional procedures guidance. Published: 19 December 2018

Welcome to VitalStim Therapy UK

VitalStim Therapy is a safe and effective treatment for patients suffering with difficulty swallowing or dysphagia. It was developed in the USA in response to the 15 million populations living with dysphagia . FDA (Federal Drug Association) has approved this therapy in December 2001. Transcutaneous neuromuscular electrical stimulation for oropharyngeal dysphagia in adults (IPG634). Interventional procedures guidance. Published: 19 December 2018

VitalStim therapy is a specialized form of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) designed to treat swallowing disorders through muscle re-education. VitalStim therapy is administered by a small, carefully calibrated current delivered to the motor nerves of the patient's throat through specially designed electrodes causing the muscles responsible for swallowing to contract. At the same time, a dysphagia specialist guides the patient through active swallowing therapy to re-educate normal swallow function.

Most treatment sessions are within 60 minutes in duration. VitalStim therapy has helped thousands of patients with dysphagia, including patients resigned to live on feeding tubes. Therapy sessions are repeated between three and five times a week until swallowing patterns have been restored to a nearly normal level. Sufferers frequently see dramatic improvements in 6 to 20 daily sessions, sometimes in as little as 3 days.

OUR SERVICES

Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and language therapists (SLTs) provide life-improving treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication. Adult clients such as Brain Injury, Concussion, Stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's/Dementia, ADHD.

Dysphagia treatment

NMES- 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.

Interactive Metronome

Interactive Metronome (IM) is an evidence-based assessment and training tool that measures & improves Neurotiming, or the synchronization of neural impulses within key brain networks for cognitive, communicative, sensory & motor performance. Improving Neurotiming may result in better function in the following areas: Attention, Processing Speed, Working Memory, Executive Functions, Self-Regulation, Expressive & Receptive Language, Reading Comprehension, Rate & Fluency, Mathematics, Upper Extremity Function (Parkinson's, hemiplegia, CP, hand function), Motor Coordination, Athletic Performance (golf, soccer). Paediatric .Clients such as ADHD- Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, ASD-Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, learning Disability, Learning Disabilities, Developmental Delays, Cerebral Palsy, Auditory Processing Disorder, Dyslexia. Adult clients such as Brain Injury, Concussion, Stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's/Dementia and ADHD.

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is a psychological approach that involves analyzing strategies used by successful individuals and applying them to reach a personal goal. NLP is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinderin California, United States in the 1970s. NLP is the practice of understanding how people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour to produce the results they do. There is a connection between neurological processes (neuro), language (linguistic) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (programming), and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life. NLP can treat problems such as phobias, depression, tic disorders, psychosomatic illnesses, near-sightedness, allergy, common cold and learning disorders.

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