ACP and sEMG: Synchrony for Dysphagia

I love the idea of sEMG and can’t wait to learn more about it and hopefully put it to use! Great info from dysphagiaramblings!

Dysphagia Ramblings

Surface Electromyography (sEMG) has been used in dysphagia therapy for several years with research to support it’s use.

sEMG is a use of visual biofeedback.  Electrodes are attached to the submental muscles, or those hyolaryngeal complex elevators.  This is measuring the “strength” or muscle contraction of the swallow as you have your patient swallow, then swallow with greater effort.

The electrodes are attached to a box or computer that gives a visual output and measures the strength of the swallow, allowing the patient to see their effort, rather than relying on simply feeling the effort.

The Promethius Group is one of the  companies that manufactures and sells sEMG devices.

ACP (Accelerated Care Plus) has been around for quite some time.  They supply neuromuscular electrical stimulation (estim) equipment for PT and OT in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) and rehabilitation centers.  They are also the company that provides the Omnicycle and…

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