Atypical swallowing is a disorder that can affect adults who have difficulty swallowing food properly. This problem can cause feeding difficulties, dental problems, and other swallowing-related disorders. It is important for people who suffer from atypical swallowing to seek appropriate treatment to address this problem and improve their quality of life.
The treatment of atypical swallowing in adults may include a comprehensive evaluation of the patient to determine the cause and severity of the problem. This may include an evaluation of orofacial anatomy, muscular coordination of the mouth and throat, sensitivity and perception of the mouth and throat, and the pattern of chewing and swallowing.
Once the evaluation is completed, specific exercises can be performed to improve the muscular coordination and sensitivity of the mouth and throat. These exercises may include breathing techniques, muscle strengthening exercises, and oral manipulation and stimulation techniques.
Additionally, it may be necessary to work on improving the posture and alignment of the head, neck, and trunk, as these factors can influence swallowing. It may also be necessary to use special devices, such as orthodontics or oral prosthetics, to improve the function of the mouth and throat.
It is important that the treatment of atypical swallowing is tailored to the specific needs of each patient. Therefore, a speech therapist can work with the patient to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses the patient’s specific needs. This may include performing rehabilitation exercises at the clinic and practicing these exercises at home.
Additionally, the speech therapist can work with the patient to improve the perception and sensitivity of the mouth and throat, which can help improve muscular coordination and swallowing function. They can also work on improving respiratory function, posture and body alignment, and the use of special devices to improve the function of the mouth and throat.
In conclusion, atypical swallowing is a disorder that can affect the quality of life of those who suffer from it. Appropriate treatment can help improve muscular coordination and sensitivity of the mouth and throat, improve posture and body alignment, and improve respiratory function and swallowing function in general. A speech therapist can help develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses the specific needs of each patient and help them regain their ability to swallow properly. If you suffer from atypical swallowing, do not hesitate to seek professional help to address this problem and improve your quality of life.