IQoro® is a neuromuscular training device and regime that activates the body´s own pre-programmed systems – through a natural chain of nerves and muscles – from the mouth to the brain, to the stomach. This explains why IQoro® has an effect both on the brain plasticity (i.e. ability to regenerate and restructure) and on the internal and external muscles. Thus IQoro®, in a simple and effective way, addresses problems with our most basic and vital functions such as to breathe, eat, swallow, talk and smile. All these functions rely on the same muscles and nerves, but in slightly different ways, and thus IQoro® is used successfully to treat a wide range of conditions.
In this section we explain how exercising with IQoro® reaches and develops the brain’s own command system for our vital ability to breathe, eat, speak and smile.
IQoro® is proven over many years of research, and thousands of patient cases to train the brain’s capability to relearn and restructure (“brain plasticity”) to improve performance and control: and to exercise the muscles that the brain sends its commands to.
Being able to eat normally is fundamental to social well-being and for most people it is a function that they never think about. If you lose these functions for any reason you can now re-develop the muscles that are involved, and the unconscious brain signals and nerve circuits that control them. For different reasons our bodies may need to re-learn to breathe properly, to eat and swallow, to talk distinctly and to smile. These functions use the same muscles and nerve pathways, but in slightly different ways. IQoro® exercises them all in a simple and effective way; it addresses all these areas of reduced function, and also treats hiatus hernia and other reflux problems.
The exercise consists of placing the device between your lips and front teeth and pressing your lips together tightly, then pulling the device straight forward as if trying to pull it out of your mouth. Hold this tension for 5 to 10 seconds, then relax for 3 seconds. Repeat this exercise twice more (a total of 3 repetitions).
This set of three repetitions is to be performed 3 times during the day, but not more frequently than 2 hours apart. Totally then, you will be training for 1.5 minutes per day.
IQoro® stimulates the sensory nerves in the mouth, and by doing this reaches the brain’s control system for the swallowing process, which is closely linked to the control systems for other bodily functions , including breathing, the ability to form sounds (speech), facial expression, postural control , stomach and intestine functions, and more.
IQoro® effectively stimulates the swallowing process by:
How this works neurologically and physically is described under the heading “The swallowing process – when it works as it should.”
Text by: Dr. Mary Hägg, Doctor of Medicine, Post-doctoral researcher at Uppsala University specialising in orofacial medicine, Head of Department at the Speech and Swallowing Faculty: Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic at Hudiksvall Hospital, Sweden. Registered Dentist. In cooperation with MYoroface.
September 2016. (Translation from the original Swedish text by T.W.Morris, MYoroface.)
(English translation: ”Normal swallowing including anatomy and physiology”)