Swallowing is a vital exercise that is essential to enjoyable eating and your health. Some 15 million Americans suffer from swallowing disorders. These disorders may be the result of a head injury, stroke, aging, diet, or possibly even medications.
Most of the people seeking swallowing rehabilitation have suffered a stroke. The therapy in this case may include exercises to help strengthen the swallowing muscles and the introduction of a diet that is easily swallowed.
After about three weeks of therapy, most swallowing muscles can rehabilitate to complement eating a normal diet. Many medical procedures can be avoided with swallowing therapy.