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Some of the greatest problems in CP children are excessive salivation, swallowing problems and bad head posture. I have often been told, ‘Everything depends on head posture. Once we have strengthened the head and pharyngeal muscles and positioned the head well, hand and arm movements become more active, eyesight improves, the balance is better…
Is the performance of neck strengthening exercises sufficient for putting a child’s head into a correct position?
Are you familiar with the fact that the so-called oropharyngeal muscles i.e. mouth and pharynx muscles are the ones responsible for proper head and neck positioning?

Besides swallowing, these muscles are responsible for breathing and speech as well. To a greater or lesser extent, the consequences of bad head posture are the occurrence of excessive salivation and problems with swallowing both liquid and solid food. In my view, the appropriate stimulation of facial and pharyngeal muscles seems to be one of the best approaches to head and neck musculature strengthening. It seems to be our starting point on a complex and lengthy journey to placing a child’s head in a proper position!

We use several approaches to head and neck muscle strengthening, putting special emphasis on oropharyngeal muscles.


Dysphagia is a medical condition in which an individual experiences difficulty in swallowing.  This condition is often the result of a stroke or radiation therapy.  It is also common in Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, and Cerebral Palsy patients.

Even a mild case of dysphagia can have significant life altering consequences.  Eating or drinking is a constant struggle.  Pain and difficulty in swallowing can lead to lower nutrition and even affect social activities.

The more severe consequences of dysphagia include aspiration pneumonia, malnutrition and dehydration. These often lead to death.

Electrical stimulation therapy has proven to be the most effective treatment for dysphagia.  Electrical current is used to stimulate key muscles while the patient practices swallowing.  The result is greatly improved swallowing function though muscle re-education.