Swallowing

Difficulties with eating, drinking and swallowing (dysphagia) can have a significant impact on a person’s health and wellbeing. Dysphagia in adults can be associated with a number of conditions, such as stroke, head injury, neurological illness, respiratory conditions and disorders of the immune system.

Signs and symptoms can be varied in nature, and there are many causes, including:

  • Inco-ordination, weakness or spasm of the nerves or muscles needed for swallowing or breathing.
  • Changes to the structures of the mouth or throat.
  • Lack of sensation.
  • Difficulty recognising food, drink or the cutlery required to eat with.
  • Injury or surgery to the mouth or throat.
  • Acid reflux.
  • Age related changes.

What we offer:

  • An initial assessment. This is to build a picture of the swallowing difficulties being faced by the client. An overview of initial findings and preliminary recommendations will be provided where possible, including potential further therapy options.
  • Comprehensive reports.
  • Client centred goal setting.
  • Reviews to monitor progress.
  • Where appropriate: diet modification plans, techniques, strategies, exercises and therapy for swallowing.
  • Education and support to you and the people helping you with eating and drinking.

It is important that you inform your GP immediately if you are having difficulties with swallowing.