This is how you train with IQoro®
Here you will find videos that show how you can train confidently and effectively with IQoro - irrespective of your situation. There are some training tips for you to consider and some guidelines on what treatment period you might need.
Exercising with IQoro activates the body's own pre-programmed system: a natural chain of nerve pathways and muscles from the mouth and brain to the stomach. This means that training with IQoro cannot do harm, and can be carried out simply at home or at work.
1) Look at the videos to see how to hold your IQoro for the most comfortable and effective training.
2) Place your IQoro inside your lips and in the front of your teeth.
- Press your lips together against the handle. Your jaw should be relaxed; don’t bite.
- First pull your IQoro gently forward, just enough to break contact with your gums.
- Now pull forwards powerfully, at the same time as you resist with your lips.
- Hold still for 5 to 10 seconds. A low-pressure is now created in the oral cavity, which automatically makes the rear of the tongue move upwards and backwards against the pharynx. The tongue forms a shape like a ski-jump from the pharynx down to the base of the mouth. The tip of the tongue should end up in the hollow just behind the lower teeth. See also training tips below.
- Breathe through your nose.
3) Repeat this exercise totally 3 times per session, with 3 seconds' rest between each pull.
- Training is to be performed three times per day with at least 2 hours between each session. For optimal results with dysphagia, do this immediately before a mealtime to prepare the swallowing musculature and get the best effect from your training.
- Total training time - 1½ minutes per day.
This is how you exercise on your own
In our video, we show how an IQoro training session should look, and what is important to keep in mind, e.g. how you grip your IQoro, your posture, and how you press your lips together against the handle to get the best possible effect from your training.
If you have difficulty in pressing your lips together against the handle we show here how you can use your other hand to assist, using a so-called ‘jaw grip’.
This is how you exercise with assistance
If you cannot use your arms properly, perhaps because of paralysis, injury, or some other reduced functionality, you should watch this video. It shows how you can train with assistance, for example from a relative or a carer, and what is important to focus on. If you also have a problem in closing your lips tightly on the handle we show how your assistant can help you by performing a so-called ‘jaw grip’.
- In the beginning, it is quite normal that it is difficult for your muscles, and your tongue tries to help by placing its tip behind your upper teeth. If this happens you should consciously position the tip of your tongue down in the hole just behind your bottom teeth.
- Do you find it difficult to complete three training sessions per day?
Most people can manage 1½ minutes’ exercise per day - the difficulty can be to remember to train. Learn to associate your training with a routine, for example before a mealtime (always recommended with dysphagia), after you brush your teeth, or when you watch the news on TV.
- Don’t try to do all three training sessions without a break, you’ll just tire your muscles. There should be at least two hours between each session so that the muscles have time to regain their strength.
- The training regime is based on scientific research, i.e. three sessions a day, each comprising three pulls of up to 10 seconds each. Never pull for longer than 10 seconds.
- Do you find that it rubs against your gums?
Try pulling forward lightly first, just enough to break contact between your IQoro and your gums; then you can pull forward powerfully against your lips.
- Is it difficult to seal your lips tightly?
In that case, a jaw-grip may help. Look at the video to see how that is performed.
- Do you have unsteady head or neck control?
Feel free to use a neck support, for example a cushion. Be sure to place the cushion behind your head and not your neck for the correct body posture.
Duration of treatment
Conditions caused by neurological damage e.g. stroke, which has caused dysphagia, or paralysis in the throat or face.
Train for 5 to 13 weeks for permanent results, some continued maintenance training may be necessary after this period.
Conditions caused by a muscular weakening, e.g. Hiatus hernia, snoring, or sleep apnoea.
These problems are all caused by weakened musculature, the treatment time therefore depends on how long the condition has existed, and how severe the symptoms are.
The basic recommendation is to train according to the instruction manual for 3 to 6 months, in some cases longer. After this, maintenance training will be required because muscles deteriorate with inactivity, much as in your arms and legs. How quickly this occurs can vary.
When you have achieved your desired results, either continue or reduce your number of training sessions to a level that suits you - you must test it and see.