The VitalStim® Therapy System is a non-invasive therapy to help to swallow through the use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES). Electrical stimulation is used to aid muscle strengthening and muscle recruitment to rehabilitate the swallow. VitalStim® retrains the muscles needed to complete the swallowing process through specially designed electrodes attached to the patient's neck.
The VitalStim® Therapy System uses small electrical currents to stimulate the muscles responsible for swallowing. At the same time, trained specialists (Speech-Language Pathologists) help patients to re-educate their muscles through rehabilitation therapy.