Local Rehabilitation Center Introduces Advanced Program for the Treatment of Swallowing Disorders called “Synchrony TM
Peabody Glen Health Care Center introduces world’s-first technology to improve swallowing difficulties after stroke, brain injury, cancer, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and other conditions
Peabody, MA– April 27, 2015 – Continuing their reputation for progressive rehabilitation programs and technologies, Peabody Glen Health Care Center in Peabody recently installed a leading-edge system for the treatment of swallowing disorders or “Dysphagia” as it is commonly known in medical terms. The unique system is the first to use virtual-reality assisted biofeedback that allows patients and Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) to visualize swallowing activity. By “seeing the swallow,” SLPs can more effectively guide treatment efforts and monitor patient progress. For patients, the technology enables them to participate in game-like, interactive exercise programs that make treatment more interesting… and even fun.
The system also uses gentle electrical stimulation pulses, which are used to strengthen and re-educate the muscles required for normal swallowing. Peabody Glen Health Care Center’s speech therapist has received advanced training on these progressive technologies, the treatment of Dysphagia based on the latest medical research.
Impaired swallowing or “Dysphagia” affects up to 15 million Americans with approximately 1 million new individuals being diagnosed each year. Left untreated, Dysphagia can lead to life-threatening conditions such as aspiration pneumonia and higher rates of infection. In fact, approximately 60,000 people die each year due to complications from compromised swallowing. Without successful treatment, the management of Dysphagia includes diet modifications and often a feeding tube from the trachea to the stomach. However, recent scientific studies indicate that specific strengthening techniques and technologies can be used for effective treatment. The technologies and treatment protocols used in Peabody Glen Health Care Center’s new program have been developed around these important medical findings.
“Dysphagia dramatically alters people’s ability to participate in normal day-today activities including a simple meal with friends and family, noted Nathan Norton, Administrator of Peabody Glen Health Care Center. “Our new swallowing program is intended to give our full-time residents and short-term rehab patients the best opportunity to return to a more normal lifestyle, and help them avoid the more serious complications that can develop as a result of this condition.”
New Ground-Breaking Technology
One of the technologies used in the program, the OmnisEMG®, enables patients to “see” their swallows through the use of virtual reality enhanced images shown on a large monitor. Using this data, Speech Therapists can accurately evaluate the quality of a patient’s swallow and then use various game-like activities on the system to help improve them. Patients consider the new swallowing equipment to be a fun challenge, which ultimately inspires them to exercise longer and with greater intensity. Another progressive technology used in the program is called the Omnistim® FX2, which uses gentle electrical pulses to strengthen muscles and help re-establish normal nerve and muscle firing patterns – something that is often disrupted with stroke or neuromuscular conditions like Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s. In addition to its benefits related to proper swallowing, the Omnistim® FX2 is effective in the treatment of many other conditions. In fact, the system is used extensively by professional and collegiate sports team to aid recovery among elite athletes following injury or surgical procedures.
Peabody Glen Health Care Center’s program was developed in conjunction with Accelerated Care Plus (ACP), the nation’s leading provider of evidence-based clinical programs and leading-edge rehabilitation equipment, including the new OmnisEMGTM and proven Omnistim® FX2. Reimbursed by Medicare and other insurance providers, the program is implemented in conjunction with the patient’s physician and other caregivers.
About Accelerated Care Plus – Accelerated Care Plus or “ACP,” is a Hanger Company (NYSE: HGR), and the nation’s leading provider of specialty clinical programs for post-acute and chronic rehabilitation. The programs include patented medical equipment, evidence-based treatment protocols, advanced therapist training, and on-going program support. ACP’s “Clinical Solutions” are used by thousands of the most recognized rehabilitation providers in the U.S., as well as nearly 200 professional and collegiate sports teams. ACP was originally founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Reno, Nevada. For more information visit www.acplus.com.
About Peabody Glen Health Care Center
Peabody Glen, located at 199 Andover St., is a 150-bed, Joint Commission accredited, skilled nursing center conveniently located across from The North Shore Mall. We offer both short term rehabilitation and long term care. Our progressive post-acute care facility delivers professional quality skilled nursing care and rehabilitative services. Peabody Glen Health Care Center is a HealthBridge Management Company. Residents of Peabody Glen Health Care Center benefit from a nationwide network of resources comprised of leading clinical and operations professionals with extensive experience in Post Acute Rehabilitation and Long Term Living services. HealthBridge works to maintain the highest standards of care and service for residents, families and our valued employees. Backed by our collective decades of experience in health care services, our Mission is to continue to define excellence in the nursing and rehabilitation industry.
For more information on Peabody Glen Health Care Center’s new program please contact Paul Sampson, Director of Rehabilitation, at 978-531-0772.