Posted by Sarah Schuman, M.S. CCC-SLP on 6/10/2021 to
Dysphagia & Oral Motor Control
Treat and Prevent Trismus from RT in HNC
The tongue's role in swallowing
During the oral phase, food is masticated and mixed with saliva to form a soft consistency called the bolus. The tongue helps manipulate and form the bolus and moves it posteriorly in preparation for the swallow.
Importance of Measuring
- Determine whether weakness may contribute to a swallowing disorder
- Determine the most appropriate plan of care and treatment program
- Objectively measure and document progress to support treatment justification
Tongue Strength in
*Norms from IOPI
- Max tongue strength range falls between 40-80 kPA
- Older adults less than younger adults
- Considerable variability in healthy adults
- Majority averages greater than 34 kPa
The Tongueometer device allows
therapists and patients to:
- Easily set and modify exercise parameters
- Objectively measure tongue strength and endurance
- Perform rehab at home or on the go
- Store & share exercise results effortlessly
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