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Muscle Conditioning and Strengthening for Swallowing

presented by Giselle Carnaby

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Financial: Giselle Carnaby receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.


Non-Financial: Giselle Carnaby has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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How can speech language pathologists incorporate muscle strengthening principles into treatment for persons experiencing dysphagia, and how does the evidence support this kind of intervention? This course, with Dr. Giselle Carnaby, seeks to answer these questions by providing an introduction to muscle strengthening within the context of swallowing treatment. The course begins with an overview of the relevant anatomy and involved muscles, and the principles of muscle strengthening, atrophy, and re-training. The course then reviews research literature and potential applications for muscle strengthening within the context of dysphagia therapy.

For students interested in learning more about the future of swallowing evaluation and treatment, consider attending the Florida Dysphagia Institute 2.0 - a week long course featuring Dr. Michael Crary and Dr. Giselle Carnaby. The course takes place in Orlando, FL, and includes 32 Hours of CEUs with practical application, exhibitors and receptions. For more information visit the course WEBSITE or download the course BROCHURE.

Meet Your Instructor

Giselle Carnaby, MPH, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

Giselle Carnaby-Mann is a Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida. Her research focus lies in survivorship and the rehabilitation of patients with swallowing disorders following Head/Neck cancer and stroke. She specializes in research epidemiology and biostatistics, and has worked extensively in…

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1. Background and Involved Muscles

The first chapter of this course reviews swallowing anatomy and basic principles of muscle strengthening and atrophy with varying levels of exercise.

2. Principles of Muscle Training

The second chapter of this course reviews the practical principles of muscle training within the context of dysphagia therapy, including traditional swallowing treatments, the neurological implications of exercise, and emerging issues in the application of muscle strengthening to swallowing.

3. Question and Answer

To wrap up this course, Dr. Carnaby sits down with Dr. Robert Miller to discuss relevant issues in research and application of muscle training in dysphagia therapy.

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