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Why SVS?

At SVS, we have high documented success rates of weaning patients from tube feeding to oral feeding.  At SVS many patients came to us on tube feeding and their chances to swallow again and eat orally were slim based on their medical records, Modified Barium Swallow assessment results and their underlying diagnosis such as Brain Stem Stroke and Looked In Syndrome. Most of those patients had improved drastically and were able to eat orally. 

Our Speech-Language Pathologists at SVS either are certified in Vital Stim Therapy or in the processes of completing their certification. Vital stimulation therapy System is a non-invasive, external electrical stimulation therapy cleared to market by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002 for the treatment of dysphagia with application on the anterior neck. VitalStim system Therapy System is designed as an adjunct modality, where the clinician applies VitalStim while simultaneously working with the patient on swallowing exercise. Used as an adjunct to traditional swallowing therapy, VitalStim has been found to:

·         Be safe and effective for patients 

·         Accelerate the recovery time from a restricted diet 

·         Help patients achieve sustained improvement and long term results  

The lasting effect of VitalStim has been demonstrated in a 3 year follow-up study submitted to the FDA. The study shows improvement and maintenance of swallowing function. Another published study demonstrates the lasting positive impact of VitalStim in a group of patients for whom previous attempts at dysphagia therapy has failed. At SVS we use this top notch technology with our patients along with others techniques to achieve the optimum results.

It is worthy of mentioning that SLP Mohamed, director and owner of  SVS is one of the two Canadian currently Certified in the area of Orofacial myology, also known as Myofunctional disorders. Myofunctional therapy is the “neuromuscular re-education or re-patterning of the oral and facial muscles. The therapy includes facial and tongue exercises as well as behavior modification techniques to promote proper tongue position, improved breathing, chewing, and swallowing. Proper head and neck postures are also addressed. There are good studies to substantiate that proper head and neck postures may resolve jaw problems and orthodontic relapse working in a multi-disciplinary team. At SVS we used the orofacial therapy exercises to increase the overall oral motor agility for patients with swallowing difficulties and facial muscles weaknesses.

For all the above reasons and the care that we provide to our patients and the support that we give to the patients' families, we think that the Swallowing, Voice and Speech Rehab SVS is the place where people with Swallowing, voice, speech and myofunctional disorders will find the optimal care.
Swallowing, Voice and Speech Rehab SVS
7916 Hurontario Street, Unit #31
L6Y 0P6


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