Swallowing disorders (dysphagia) is one of the most common disorders treated by a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP).
The Rephagia system is a supportive device to help the SLP better treat their patients with dysphagia. It supports the SLP to help their patients perform specific exercises that are well known to improve swallowing in patients with dysphagia. During these exercises both the patient as well as the SLP receive objective valuable insights and data regarding the patients progress. The patients swallowing reflex, delay in swallowing onset and the duration of a swallow are characterised through sEMG, a method that measures the electrical currence through a muscle when activated.
Dysphagia can be caused by a number of different underlying pathologies, like Stroke (Wallenberg Syndrom for example), Oncology, Parkinsons Disease (or one of its derivatives), Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury or genetical factors. The underlying pathology determines the efficiency of treatment. During treatment the therapist focusses on functional disorders that manifest as difficulty protecting the airway or transporting the bolus or a coordination malfunction of the two.