Sentara Home Care Services is proud to offer VitalStim™ Therapy, a ground-breaking, effective treatment for patients with dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). This state-of-the-art, patented treatment protocol produces remarkable results rarely seen before in the treatment of swallowing disorders.
Research shows that the combination of electrical stimulation provided by VitalStim and traditional treatment techniques is very effective in restoring swallowing function.
Specially trained and certified speech therapists at Sentara implement an active regimen of therapy to help patients create or relearn functional muscle use patterns necessary to initiate or re-establish effective swallowing. In VitalStim therapy, a small, carefully calibrated current is delivered by specially designed electrodes, which stimulate motor nerves in the throat. The muscles responsible for swallowing contract, and the ability to swallow improves. With repeated therapy, muscles are re-educated.
Speech therapists coordinate VitalStim treatment in the greater Hampton Roads area, and are available to serve patients 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.
A physician’s referral for a swallow evaluation is required prior to the introduction of VitalStim™.
For more information or to arrange for VitalStim™ Therapy through Sentara Home Care Services
, call (757) 553-3000 or (800) HOMECARE.
For more for information on the technology of VitalStim
™ visit its website.