Does sEMG change outcomes for patients with dysphagia and stroke or head and neck disease?
Critically Appraised Topic
The effectiveness of sEMG biofeedback in improving outcomes for patients with stroke or head and neck disease is not clear. Currently, the evidence is limited and methodologically diverse but does indicate possible benefits for sEMG as an adjunct to swallowing therapy in these populations. Further research comparing traditional dysphagia therapy, with traditional dysphagia therapy plus sEMG biofeedback will be required before definitive and reliable conclusions can be made. PDF Format
Critically Appraised Papers
Newlove, S. (2006). A case study examining the effectiveness of surface electromyography (sEMG) biofeedback in dysphagia rehabilitation and the SWAL_QOL quality of life outcome measure. Research Project, University of Auckland
Bryant, M. (1991). Biofeedback in the treatment of a selected dysphagic patient. Dysphagia (6). 140-141 PDF Format