VitalStim® Therapy

VitalStim® Therapy

Treatment That Isn’t Hard to Swallow

Dysphagia—the medical term for the symptom of difficulty in swallowing—affects 15 million adult patients in the U.S. But because many symptoms of dysphagia can be slight and non-assuming, 60% of patients suffering from it do not know they have a curable disorder. Great Lakes Caring Home Health is taking an innovative approach to restoring an enriched quality of life to those suffering with dysphagia by offering VitalStim® Therapy.

What Is VitalStim® Therapy?

VitalStim® Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses external electronic stimulation to improve the muscles around the esophagus, there by helping you to re-educate those muscles to swallow. Electrical pulses are sent through small pads that are placed down the front of the neck to activate the muscles and induce a swallowing action. It is the only neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) therapy that has been cleared by the FDA for the treatment of dysphagia.

VitalStim® Therapy from Great Lakes Caring Home Health

Because VitalStim® Therapy is a non-invasive treatment, and there are no pre-op preparations, surgeries or recovery times to worry about. It is provided by a Great Lakes Caring speech language pathologist (SLP) to you, wherever you call home. Every Great Lakes Caring SLP is trained and nationally certified in VitalStim® Therapy.

Paying for VitalStim® Therapy

We evaluate you for the appropriateness of the VitalStim® Therapy and treat you at no additional cost, if it is prescribed by a physician. Other patients who have not had dysphagia treatment prescribed by a physician can still request VitalStim® Therapy for a nominal fee.

We invite you to contact us and schedule an in-home evaluation to assess your needs and determine whether VitalStim® Therapy is appropriate for you or a loved one.

Conditions with High-Probability of Dysphagia

VitalStim Therapy

People who suffer or have suffered from the following conditions are more likely to have trouble swallowing: