ADULT AND GERIATRIC
Lingua specializes in a wide range of medically-based services that are able to be provided in-home or via teletherapy. With a wide range of experience from neurology based multi-disciplinary clinics, direct patient care with top otolaryngologist and GI specialists, collaboration with the best of head and neck cancer surgeons and oncologists. Lingua has the ability to screen, evaluate, treat, and educate for many adults. Although traditional speech-language therapy is available, below are the specialty services Lingua is able to provide.
Dysphagia is any difficulty with the oral, pharyngeal, or esophageal stage of the swallow.
Beyond dysphagia, Lingua treats adults who suffer from Avoidant Restrictive Feeding Intake Disorder (ARFID), pseudo-dysphagia, inability to swallow pills, fear of swallowing or traditional adult selective or " picky" eaters. Facial reconstruction for either cosmetic or head and neck cancer is amonst the many Lingua serves. In addition, if you feel like it is difficult to swallow and there is something constantly stuck in your throat (i.e. globus sensation), swallowing therapy is for you.
Respiration, or breathing, is the powerhouse for voice. Respiratory muscles are also crucial for swallowing .
Neurological disorders such as Parkinson's or ALS often lead to decrease in pulmonary function. With respiratory re-training Lingua can aid in proper use of breathing for voice function. Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) or Paradoxical Vocal Fold Movement (PVFM) can often leave people feeling breathless. Respiratory re-training is also helpful for those who are chronically ill with respiratory infections, sinus infections, and have been found to constantly be mouth breathing.
Whether you experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI), suffer from Parkinson's, or received a diagonsis of a Glioblastoma, Lingua is here to help.
Patient-centered care is the most pertinent focus when engaging with neurological disorders. Lingua focus's on functional rehabilitation and habilitation to make life enjoyable for families and patients. Regardless of onset of disease, therapy can help.
Voice therapy is provided to individuals who demonstrate a hoarse, raspy, or breathy voice quality. It is also for those who want to improve or change their current voice function.
Many adults have an underlying medical condition which is causing their voice quality to be compromised (e.g. tracheostomy, lung dysfunction, cardiac concerns) however, many needing voice therapy are vocal abusers. Vocal abusers are those individuals who talk or yell often (e.g.teachers, coaches, real estate agents) and therefore damage their vocal cords. In addition, many voices may change with age or experience spasmodic dysphonia. If you notice your voice has a raspy voice, off-pitch sound for their age or gender, or loses their voice frequently, this therapy is designed for you. Lingua is also proud and skilled to be able to serve the transgender community for voice intervention.
Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release (MFR) is a manual or massage therapy technique utilized to involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
MFR is utilized for adults with a wide range of dysfunctions. People with reflux, tongue tie, or swallowing difficulties often need myofascial. Muscle tension dysphonia muscle tension dysphagia, jaw pain (TMJ/TMD), and globus sensation are some of the most common disorders treated. MFR can be utilized to aid in most speech, swallowing, respiratory, or voice dysfunctions. Lingua practices clothed massage and brings a portable table to the comfort of your home.