Yes, these sound like symptoms of Hiatus hernia and, if that is the case, IQoro is effective against all these conditions. Studies of long-term problems such as these, show significant improvements in all symptoms after 6 to 8 months’ training with IQoro®.
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Yes. Research has shown that 5 to 13 weeks’ treatment with IQoro after stroke has an enduring effect on swallowing difficulties, paralysis of the face and throat, and postural control. Even people who have had a stroke several years ago can be helped too.
Yes, you might. It is difficult to diagnose a Hiatus hernia through gastroscopy. Because the problem can come and go, you can’t be certain that a possible hernia will be discovered the day the gastroscopy is performed. Research shows that it is just as important to listen to the patient’s description of the symptoms to be able to make the correct diagnosis and begin treatment.
Yes. A common cause of snoring and apnoea is relaxed muscle ability in the tongue, soft palate and upper airways. Studies show that IQoro strengthens and increases muscle tone in these organs. This explains why IQoro can reduce the problems of snoring, and prevent the upper pathways collapsing and causing breathing interruptions.
You can begin training immediately with IQoro but, if you are suffering from night-time breathing suspension, it is a good idea to contact your GP for a referral to a specialist clinic for a sleep investigation.
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Maybe. We recommend that you start training with IQoro during the day according to the instruction manual, and continue to use your CPAP at night in parallel until you have strengthened your musculature. If you want to stop using a CPAP or snoring screen that you have been prescribed, you should always consult your doctor on whether you can completely replace these with IQoro training instead. You could also ask for a new sleep investigation that will help you track your progress.
Yes. Many children and teenagers exercise with IQoro with great success. It is common that small children have an immature digestive tract and this can exhibit the same symptoms as an adult with Hiatus hernia. This immaturity usually disappears around the age of one year, but in some cases can persist and cause swallowing difficulties: reflux, or food being regurgitated. This is often misinterpreted as the child’s refusing to eat, but it is actually the case that she has difficulty in swallowing solids like meat, dry soft bread, rice or chicken: liquids are usually easier. Training with IQoro is just as effective for children as for adults.
It is important to know what is causing your child’s problem, read more about symptoms and examinations in the following:
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Children with congenital or inherited conditions including the section:
IQoro® - just as effective for otherwise-healthy children with eating, speech and swallowing difficulties
No. Not yet anyway. It is our ambition that this should be a recommended and prescribed treatment in the UK. That process has been started, but there is no guarantee if, or when, it will succeed.
Maybe. If you live in Sweden, then more than half of the regional health authorities purchase and prescribe IQoro, so your chances are good.
In the UK, it would be an individual decision for your Health Care Professional whether the local rules allowed them to purchase and supply an IQoro to you.
IQoro is used by people that had problems in being able to breathe, eat, smile or talk. The reason that IQoro is effective in treating so many problem areas at the same time, is because all these crucial functions use the same muscles and nerve pathways; albeit in different ways.
IQoro is a neuromuscular training device and regime that activates the body’s own pre-programmed systems: from the mouth, brain, and down to the stomach – a natural sequence of events through nerve pathways and muscles. This explains the positive effects that IQoro has on so many different difficulties.
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No. Adding more training sessions, or performing all three sessions consecutively, will not give a better effect; more likely it will lead to overtraining and you will tire your muscles. For the same reason, don’t pull for more than 10 seconds at a time either.
How to train
No. We have many people over the age of 85 that are training successfully: either alone, or with the help of an assistant. Some of these IQoro users are suffering from dementia too. Because the training time is short - totally 1½ minutes (30 seconds, three times per day) - even the weak and elderly can complete their exercises.
As an example, the county council in Hudiksvall in Sweden have implemented IQoro at a residential home for the elderly with the aim of strengthening their residents’ swallowing capacities. Swallowing difficulties become more prevalent with age and its related sicknesses.
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Yes. IQoro cannot of course cure MS, Parkinson’s, ALS, or other progressive degenerative diseases. However, early intervention with IQoro training can contribute to retaining and maintaining as much as possible of the normal functions of the face, oral cavity, throat and down to the stomach.
IQoro trains and activates the body’s internal musculature, and has a positive effect on retaining the ability to be able to eat via the mouth, chew, use facial expressions, and produce speech sounds, for a longer time. Such treatment is therefore a good complement to traditional rehabilitation with physiotherapy, where one trains, for example, arms and legs.
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Maybe. It depends on the reasons behind the speech difficulties. If they are caused by a muscular immaturity or weakness in the tongue, lips or throat, then there is a possibility for your child – with the help of IQoro – to train and strengthen his musculature and create the conditions to be able to form speech sounds correctly and thereby develop his verbal ability. But it is important that your child already has the understanding of how to speak, for IQoro® to help.
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Maybe. It depends on whether you are using IQoro to cure problems caused by neurological injury - like stroke, which has caused dysphagia or facial paralysis, or whether you are training because of a muscular weakness such as Hiatus hernia, snoring or apnoea.
If it is muscular weakness, then maintenance training will be required. Once you have achieved your desired result you should continue to train with a reduced number of sessions per day. You’ll need to find the right level for yourself.
The primary rule is that it is your doctor or clinician that must decide if you can change your medication, nutrition or hydration methods, diet, or other.
In the case of swallowing, one of the greatest risks is that of aspiration. That is to say that food or drink “goes down the wrong way” and this can lead to lung infections and pneumonia. This is the reason that healthcare professionals sometimes prescribe feeding by tube through the nose, or directly into the stomach - to avoid this so-called unsafe swallow. In other cases, they prescribe drink thickeners, or modified solid foods that they know are easier for you to swallow safely.
Because of the risks of aspiration, it is important that you consult with your Speech and Language Therapist or doctor before you change from what you have been previously advised to do - even when you are experiencing good improvement from your IQoro treatment.
All the studies that we know of show no negative side-effects, nor does the company’s Quality Management System (QMS) record any serious adverse events. Training with IQoro merely stimulates and strengthens the body's own natural in-built chain of muscles and nerve control systems.
In the beginning, training of under-used muscles can cause some soreness in the oral cavity, the neck, and deeper in the swallowing system - just like the first session in the gym for a long time, or the first day of the season on the ski slopes. This soreness soon disappears.
However, there are some conditions where the effect of IQoro training can have a more serious negative effect. Please contact us before ordering IQoro if you suffer from one of the following conditions.
- Trigeminal neuralgia: Short and intensive attacks of acute pain.This disease often begins in patients around 50 years old and is more common in women than in men. It affects around 6 people in every 100 000. The condition is classified as either classic- or symptomatic-trigeminal neuralgia. The former is probably caused by the mechanical effect of a trapped blood vessel pressing on the trigeminus nerve ending, or has no detectable cause at all. Symptomatic trigeminal neuralgia can have its origin in either a tumour or a neurological condition. It is not uncommon that the intense pain is wrongly ascribed as coming from the teeth or sinuses. In both types of this condition the right side of the face is twice as likely to be affected as the left. Since even brushing the teeth can trigger an attack, training with IQoro should be approached very carefully.
- Parasophageal hernia: Also known as ‘rolling hiatal hernia’ as opposed to ‘sliding hiatal hernia’. In this rare variant of hiatal hernia a part of the stomach intrudes through the diaphragm into the chest cavity on the left hand side, under the heart. Crucially, this intrusion is not of the mouth of the stomach (which remains in the stomach cavity) as in a sliding hiatus hernia, but another part of the stomach wall. The herniated part of the stomach can be strangulated in the chest cavity and surgical intervention is often recommended.
- Tinnitus: People with this condition often experience an altered hearing sensation after training with IQoro, probably because one of the nerves stimulated by IQoro emanates from the middle ear.
No. IQoro is approved by the authorities as a CE marked, Class 1 Medical Device for use by a single person.
It can happen that you get a little blood in your mouth when you train, usually for one of the following reasons:
- If you have had reflux, heartburn and thick phlegm in your throat, then your stomach acids have probably damaged the mucous membranes in your throat. Normally, the blood produced goes back into your stomach and you don’t notice it. When you train with IQoro you cause pressure changes which can cause this blood to come back up into your mouth. This is not dangerous. Sometimes the blood mixes with your saliva and makes the quantity seem more than it really is.
- An infection in the mucous membranes of the mouth or in a tooth or gums can lead to blood in the mouth. Excessive plaque can also result in more vulnerable membranes which are more likely to bleed. If it was a while since you last went to a dentist, it may be time for a new visit!
- Tender and more fragile mucous membranes are common side effects of some medicines.
Try to use a mirror, or ask someone to help, to see where in your mouth the blood is coming from. Speak to your doctor if you suspect that it is none of the above, or feel free to contact us again by mail or telephone.
IQoro is a CE marked, Class 1 Medical Device and thus we can ship to any customer in any country in the EU (more correctly, the EES region) even if the health authorities there don’t buy from us and prescribe it. Note that today the user manual including the self-tests and training journal is available in Danish, English, Finnish, German, Swedish and Norwegian.
No. IQoro would need to approved by the FDA before we could supply to US citizens. That’s not a huge hurdle for a device that is CE marked, and it's in our development plans - but not yet!
IQoro is CE-marked and meets the requirements set by The Swedish Medical Products Agency (MPA). The manufacturing guarantee is for 7 months and covers any damage that has occurred during the actual production. Report any damage as soon as possible. Read more in your manual on CE marking, warranty and how to handle your IQoro in the best way. Recommended usage time is 12 months. This is based on the fact that IQoro is a product you have in your mouth and there is a natural wear in the plastic during use. IQoro is made of a medical plastic that meets the requirements for allergies. Read more under the FAQ Allergy.