What is the role of lip exercises in the treatment of dysphagia?

Updated: Mar 20, 2020
  • Author: Nam-Jong Paik, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Elizabeth A Moberg-Wolff, MD  more...
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Lip exercises can facilitate the patient's ability to prevent food or liquid from leaking out of the oral cavity. Tongue exercises are used to facilitate manipulation of the bolus and its propulsion through the oral cavity or to facilitate retraction of the tongue base. Passive ROM and active-assistive ROM exercise concepts also can be applied in this technique. Tongue-holding maneuvers facilitate compensatory anterior movement of the posterior pharyngeal wall.


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