How are head movements used 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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This technique closes the pyriform sinus on the affected side, directing food down the opposite, stronger side. This posture also adds external pressure on the damaged vocal cord and moves it toward the midline, improving airway closure.

Tilting of the head to the strong side

By tilting the head to the strong side, the bolus tends to be directed down the stronger side in the oral cavity and in the pharynx. The head tilt is also effective for patients who have unilateral tongue dysfunction or a unilateral pharyngeal disorder.


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