Dysarthria and Dysphagia
Dysarthria is a speech disorder that happens because of muscle weakness. Motor speech disorders like dysarthria result from damage to the nervous system. Many neuromuscular conditions (diseases that affect the nerves controlling certain muscles) can result in dysarthria. In dysarthria, the muscles used to speak become damaged, paralyzed or weakened.
Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulties. Some people with dysphagia have problems swallowing certain foods or liquids, while others can’t swallow at all. Other signs of dysphagia include: coughing or choking when eating or drinking. bringing food back up, sometimes through the nose.
In both cases Reflexology is a successful solution to these disorders.
In the following case, the disorder appeared after a “lateral radical neck dissection”.
The patient showed speech and swallowing difficulties and a visible disalignment of the jaw. With only a few weekly reflexology treatments, he regained full control of the above abilites, including a correct and functional movement of the jaw.
By Annarosa Petrucci