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Westgate Manor in Madera uses the latest in VitalStim Therapy

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Studies indicate that 71 percent of patients diagnosed with dysphagia progressed to swallowing all consistencies of food with a combination of VitalStim Therapy and traditional speech therapy.

Dysphagia — or difficulty swallowing — is an affliction that can profoundly decrease a person’s quality of life. In the most severe cases, dysphagia patients must rely on tube feeding to receive nourishment.

The speech language pathologist at Westgate Manor, Kristin Messner, has been specially trained to provide VitalStim Therapy, and we’re happy to say it’s a long awaited answer to this debilitating disease.

Westgate Manor’s in-house therapy group, Brighton Rehabilitation, uses VitalStim as a specialized form of neuromuscular electrical stimulation that re-trains the pharyngeal muscles in the throat to initiate or re-establish swallowing...


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