Do tongue strengthening exercises affect the impaired oropharyngeal swallow?
Critically Appraised Topic
There is early evidence to suggest that tongue strengthening exercises improve some aspects of swallowing physiology in adults with dysphagia of varying aetiologies. It is a potentially effective treatment for patients with neurogenic dysphagia, and possibly those with head and neck cancer, however further research that includes functional outcomes in the head and neck caseload is warranted PDF Format
Critically Appraised Papers
Yates, E.M., Molfenter, S.M. & Steele, C.M. (2008). Improvements in tongue strength and pressure – generation precision following a tongue – pressure training protocol in older individuals with dysphagia: Three case reports.Clinical Interventions in Aging 3 (4) 735 – 747