Oral screen, pharynx trainer, oral neuromuscular training device and even “oral dumb bell”. As the Swedes say, “A dear child has many names”. IQoro has developed from its early clinical beginnings to be an internationally recognised device, and now it is time to define and agree what it really is – in all languages.
By the time we launched IQoro internationally we had already decided that ‘neuromuscular training device’ was the most accurate description, now it is time to adopt that in Sweden as well.
IQoro is a neuromuscular training device that treats the underlying causes of heartburn, reflux, snoring, night time breathing suspension and swallowing difficulties. 90 seconds’ training per day gives a proven effect. Read more about IQoro here.
Pharynx trainer, was once a good word to explain that training with IQoro strengthens musculature in the pharynx which, when weakened, can lead to snoring, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) or difficulty in swallowing. What this description misses, is that IQoro reaches and trains the entire muscle chain: from face, mouth, throat, and esophagus down to the diaphragm and stomach.
In scientific research, IQoro has often been referred to as a mouth screen, oral screen. Treatment with the device has variously been described as IQoro screen (IQS) training, IQoro neuromuscular training (IQNT) or oral neuromuscular training. In the field of scientific research, it is usual to avoid referring to trade- or brand names. On the other hand, in a study’s method description, it must be clear what has been used so that others can undertake similar or follow-up research.
In some early research where IQoro was used, it was not referred to by its name in the method description. The reason for this is that IQoro had not yet secured its patent and design protection so, when these earlier studies were carried out, the name was still confidential and hence neither name nor image of the product were shown. Products already in the public domain cannot be patented retrospectively.
Since 2015, IQoro is a valid search word, for example in PubMed.gov. Here you will find links to all research documents, including those dated before 2015.
IQoro is a neuromuscular training device. It allows you to strengthen the muscles that you can’t usually train - at least not by consciously controlling these muscles. The instructions to activate these ‘involuntary’ muscles come only from autonomic brain signals. That’s what IQoro stimulates.
All it takes is 90 seconds exercise per day. IQoro uses the body’s natural nerve pathways to activate the muscles from the face, oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus and down to the diaphragm and stomach.
IQoro treats: hiatal hernia, snoring, sleep apnoea, swallowing difficulties - dysphagia, drooling and paralysis of the face, mouth and throat.
Internationally patented and manufactured in Sweden.
CE marked, Class 1 Medical Device
IQoro is based on many years’ scientific research, and is certified for sale and use in the EU and EEA countries.
IQoro naturally strengthens the musculature from the face, oral cavity, upper airways, esophagus down to the diaphragm and stomach without any side-effects.
Malin Wallin, a 25 year old has always been slim but has never had a problem with eating. Until her last year in high school that is, when - without any warning - she began to be affected by a persistent feeling of having a lump in the throat and trouble with swallowing. It would take several years before she would be helped by a new treatment method in the form of a neuromuscular exercise device and regime from IQoro.
It is a very modest young lady that turns up to the interview to tell us about her tough years with swallowing difficulties, difficulties that of course have caused anxiety, worry and social isolation at many shared mealtimes.
- For many years it has been a torment to eat in the company of others. I carried with me a constant fear of having something stick in my throat, and I avoided mealtimes with colleagues or friends, says Malin, who now works as a childcarer...
Niklas had dieted with the LCHF method and lost weight, but he was afflicted by a reflux problem (LPR) when he went back to an ordinary diet.
Food leaked up from his stomach at night giving a feeling of queasiness and an irritating, persistent, dry cough. After he had researched the problem, Nicholas concluded that he was suffering from dysphagia, or swallowing difficulties.
– It was always gurgly in my throat and the swallowing difficulties came more intense, says Nicolas.
In the end, he sought professional help and underwent a gastroscopy, but nothing abnormal was to be seen.
– It was frustrating! Sometimes I couldn't even sleep at night because it felt as though the remains of my food were still in my esophagus, and were leaking up into my throat.