Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Updated Swallowing Exercises

This last week I saw a Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. He scoped my throat and saw significant atrophy in the sphincter muscles and voice box. Below are a few updated Swallowing Exercises provided by a speech therapist.

Perform each of these exercises 10-20 times in a row.

1. Oral Control Exercises

    a. Using lips and tongue, move straw from left cheek to right cheek.

    b. Place straw at center of lips. Using lips and tongue, move in and out.

2. Pharyngeal Stripping Exercises

    a. Swallow hard, squeezing all your muscles. Pretend you are swallowing an egg.

3. Tongue Base Exercises

    a. Stick tongue out, bite tip with teeth or hold tip with a gauze pad. While doing this, swallow, keeping your tongue anchored.

    b. Pull the tongue into the back of the mouth, keeping tongue tip down. Hold for a slow count of 5.

4. Laryngeal Elevation Exercises

    a. Start to swallow normally. Hold your Adam’s apple up with your neck muscles when it gets to the top. Hold for a slow count of 5.

Here is a link to a video on throat exercises:

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