Voice and Swallowing Disorders
AAMG Physical Therapy teaches you how to treat your vocal cords with more respect. We also provide coordinated care for those who suffer from a variety of voice or swallowing disorders.
What to Expect from Swallowing Treatment
The medical term for a disordered swallow is “dysphagia.” Signs and symptoms of dysphagia include:
- Food or liquid spilling out of your mouth
- Inability to chew adequately
- Residual food in your cheeks and under tongue
- Food or liquid falls into your throat before your swallow is initiated
- Coughing or choking before, during or after a swallow
- Frequent throat clearing after a swallow
Causes of dysphagia often are:
- Brain or head injury
- Radiation or surgery on mouth or throat areas
- Neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis.
If you have difficulty swallowing, your doctor may refer you to a speech-language pathologist (SLP). Our speech therapist looks at your swallowing to create a safe diet and treatment plan.
What to Expect from Voice Therapy
Voice therapy helps those of all ages whose voice negatively impacts their quality of life. It also benefits those who are going to have or have had surgery on their vocal folds.
Things to know include:
- Before starting voice therapy, you have a full voice evaluation. Based on your results, we develop a personalized therapy plan
- We generally see patients for four to six therapy sessions. During the sessions, we educate you on vocal wellness, breath support and control techniques, and vocal exercises targeting specific issues found during our evaluation
- We expect you to do daily home exercises to make the most progress toward a healthy voice
- Typically, no special equipment is required to perform your assigned vocal exercises, just your voice