IQoro is a neuromuscular training device and regime that activates the body’s own pre-programmed system for the swallowing process. It involves all the 148 muscles both those under your voluntary control, and those under the control of your involuntary autonomic system.
Why IQoro treats many symptoms
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.
Treatment and training with IQoro
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 three seconds. Repeat this exercise twice more (a total of three repetitions).
How IQoro stimulates the swallowing process
This high intensity training of the muscles involved in the swallowing process strengthens the muscles in the face, oral cavity, upper airways and down the diaphragm and the stomach.
Think of it as a power swallow where the whole swallowing process and all the affected muscles get to work extra intensively.
Read more about the natural swallowing process.
IQoro effectively stimulates the swallowing process by:
Text by: Mary Hägg
Associate Professor of Experimental Research in Ear, Nose and Throat diseases at Uppsala University, and Hospital Dental Surgeon specializing in orofacial medicine.
Mary has worked for 12 years as a hospital dentist and for 31 years as Head of the Speech & Swallowing Centre, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Hudiksvall Hospital, Sweden.
Translation from the original Swedish text by T. W. Morris, MYoroface.
- Hägg M., Tibbling L. Effect of IQoro® training on impaired postural control and oropharyngeal motor function in patients with dysphagia after stroke. Acta Otolaryngol 2016; 136 (7):742-748.
- IQoro – list of scientific articles
- Ekberg O, (2011), Röntgendiagnostiska avdelningen, Universitetssjukhuset MAS, Malmö, Normal sväljning inclusive anatomi och fysiologi, (pdf). Hämtad 2015-12-05, kl 15.00,
(English translation: ”Normal swallowing including anatomy and physiology”)