6th March was the start of the week that the EU Committee for speech and language therapists have declared as an occasion to draw attention to dysphagia – eating and swallowing difficulties. The title of this week’s focus is "Eat safe, and taste life!"
Of course, we accept the challenge of spreading the word about this week. Our mission has always been to draw attention to the problem of dysphagia. Dysphagia is MYoroface’s key focus area, and the problem is widespread.
Did you know that at least 20% of the western world’s so-called ‘healthy’ population have a problem with their swallowing function? People that are affected because of diseases like stroke, external trauma, congenital problems and Hiatus hernia. A loved child has many names: Hiatus hernia is often wrongly referred to as something else, our website provides guidelines on correct diagnosis and nomenclature.
The chance that you have someone in your circle who suffers from a problem with the throat it Is therefore fairly high. Perhaps it’s a colleague that never wants to go to lunch with others, your old father that is fed nutrients through a tube in the stomach because food sticks in his throat, or your 11-year-old daughter that says that she really wants to eat, but can’t. What!? You think. It’s just a matter of swallowing, drinking a little extra water or chewing more carefully. The fact is that is it exactly that which is so difficult for those that have dysphagia.
Everybody can be affected by dysphagia. At any time, young or old, men and women, healthy or sick. Whether it is a sickness, accident or Hiatus hernia that lies behind the problem, the neuromuscular exercise device and regime IQoro® can help you. The treatment cannot of course cure sicknesses or more complicated conditions, but it can make the difference in an otherwise complicated everyday existence.
Imagine that you yourself could once again enjoy a meal in the company of others, because you have at last stopped drooling and having your food stick in your throat. Or that you can, for the first time in many years, respond in kind to the smile that you get from your neighbour. Read about Magnus:
MY WIFE THOUGT I WAS IMAGINING IT
Magnus has always been something of a hypochondriac, so when food started to get stuck in his throat and his swallowing difficulties began, his thoughts turned to cancer. He hardly thought that the solution to his problems would be a little plastic training device.
It was in the beginning of 2013 that real estate agent Magnus began to find it difficult to swallow. The worst was red meat, ruccola salad, and Parma ham.
– I thought that ruccola and Parma ham would be the death of me, says Magnus.
His social life became severely cramped; Magnus lived for all occasions where food was involved. Living became a stressful circle and even life at home was not without complications.
– My partner became upset when I sat and hunted via Google for a diagnosis and ended up looking at pages about cancer. She thought I was a hypochondriac, as usual.
Her advice – in the beginning a little unsympathetic – was ‘talk less and chew more’, but the situation escalated. One day Magnus came home from work ravenous as usual after having hardly eaten anything during the day. After dinner with his brother and mother, came the turning point.
– My mother insisted that I must get help.
And help was closer than Magnus had thought. His close relation, Mary Hägg, doctor of medicine and dentist specialising in orofacial medicine at Hudiksvall hospital, had a solution.
– She discovered that I had a Hiatus hernia and that I needed to train up my inner musculature with a neuromuscular training device.
The training showed a result after just a few weeks.
– I’m not saying I was a star student, even if I did train according to the instructions in the beginning.
For that reason, Magnus’ swallowing problems are not completely gone.
– But they are so much better. Nowadays I simply perform maintenance training when I feel the symptoms.
He has been open about his swallowing difficulties, which has caused those around him to say that they can identify with the symptoms, or have a relative that is affected.
– But there is help at hand, says Magnus, who nowadays enjoys both ruccola salad and Parma ham.