Grace Reliant's therapists provide one-on-one therapeutic training and support to individuals with physical needs resulting from injury, illness, or surgery in the comfort of their home. Regardless of the activity or need, our highly skilled staff ensures that every person has an enjoyable and empowering experience.
Speech-Language Therapy (SLT)
Speech-language therapy involves corrective treatment of physical and/or cognitive disorders that cause difficulty with communication and/or swallowing. Grace Reliant’s Speech-Language Pathologists help patients develop their language and speech skills to regain control and increase their communication. They also teach patients and family members safe and appropriate swallowing techniques.
VitalStim Therapy is a completely new, breakthrough therapeutic intervention for use in the treatment of dysphagia (swallowing disorders). It is a specialized form of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), specifically designed to treat dysphagia. NMES has a proven, long-term track-record in a wide variety of therapeutic and rehabilitative settings.
Cleared to market by the FDA in June 2001, VitalStim Therapy is a non-invasive external electrical stimulation therapy that re-educates the throat muscles needed for swallowing. The device is a portable, dual-channel electrotherapy system that is used with electrodes specifically designed for application to the muscles of the throat to promote swallowing.
VitalStim Therapy is delivered using uniquely designed external skin electrodes, placed on specific neck muscles in a pattern that has been fully validated. Because the electrical current emitted by the device has been carefully selected to elicit a contraction in the muscles responsible for a normal swallow response, use of VitalStim Therapy leads to improved quality of the muscle contraction, and thereby to improved swallow function.
Dysphagia is traditionally treated by Speech-Language Pathologists, whose main focus is prevention of aspiration and its complications; until VitalStim Therapy, little or no curative therapeutic techniques had been available.
Following the referral by a physician, VitalStim Therapy is typically administered by a clinician who has been certified in the use of the technique, based on a 2-day training seminar. VitalStim Therapy can only be used by those who have passed the certification process.