AMPCARE’s ESP™ (Effective Swallowing Protocol) unites the benefits of electrical stimulation while incorporating proper postural strategies and a protocol of swallowing exercises. This systematic rehabilitation approach provides Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) with the tools to accelerate and restore their patient’s swallow function.
AMPCARE’s Restorative Posture Device (RPD) is an integral part of the ESP™ resistive exercise protocol (Watts, Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2013). Other benefits to using the RPD:
· Achieving ideal head & neck alignment for optimal muscle strengthening.
· Maintaining placement & improving conduction of E Series electrodes.
· Providing resistive exercise component to anterior neck musculature.
The Ampcare ESP™ is a FDA-cleared sophisticated treatment modality that uses neuromuscular electrical stimulation and a Neuro-orthotic to enhance the efficacy of your pharyngeal strengthening exercises.
The ESP™ system can only be prescribed by a clinician.
By utilizing the Ampcare portable handheld device with adjustable parameters along with the E Series Electrodes and the RPD, the therapist will provide a more extensive exercise experience for the patient with dysphagia.
Ampcare’s E Series Electrode is specifically designed to fit the submental region to achieve maximum stimulation of the suprahyoid as well as the pharyngeal musculature without searching for a specific motor point.
The E Series Electrodes are reusable, pre-gelled, self-adhering, latex free and are for single patient use.
The electrodes are FDA-cleared for use on the swallowing musculature.
Restorative Posture Device (RPD) is a neuro-orthotic (brace) used to provide the ideal head and neck position to allow for the most efficient muscle contraction needed to promote a functional swallow.
This device also serves as a part of an emerging resistive exercise protocol. When comparing the amount of electrical activity in the suprahyoid musculature using EMG while performing a chin to chest resistant exercise using the RPD, clinical data has shown a 100% increase in electrical activity vs. a basic “head lift” exercise.
RESEARCH ARTICLES & PUBLICATIONS
UK Swallowing Research Group-Presented in London-2014
Ampcare’s Posture Device Exercise Validation Article, C. Watts (TCU)-Presented in Torino, Italy-2013
European Society for Swallowing Disorders-Presented in Barcelona, Spain-2012
UK Swallowing Research Group-Presented in London-2010
Hard to Swallow-Review Article- 2008; Presented in New Orleans (ASHA) 2009