In order to determine the presence of a swallowing disorder, it is essential to understand the basic anatomy and physiology of a normal swallow. This blog will describe the 4 phases of a normal adult swallow function.
As a speech language pathologist, I am constantly thinking of ways to help others, whether it is through personalized therapy or community-based education. When I first began my practice, my goal was to provide affordable, quality services to clients while lessening the stress of travel for patients, parents, and family members. In essence, bringing speech therapy to you!
According to U.S. News & World Report’s, being a speech-language pathologist is #8 on the list for best jobs to have in the year 2020 and #6 in best healthcare jobs. In 2019, the profession was ranked 23rd in U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 25 best jobs. According to the rankings, the demand for speech-language pathologists is expected to increase 17.8 percent by 2026. With rankings such as these, it leaves to wonder why the profession is underutilized.
When people think of speech therapy, they often associate it with a personal history. Maybe their child, parent, family member, or friend received speech therapy at some point in their lives. Based off their experiences, they tend to have an idea of the services provided by speech-language pathologists (SLP); however, they do not truly realize the broad scope of this practice.
In order to determine the presence of a swallowing disorder, it is essential to understand the basic anatomy and physiology of a normal swallow. This blog will describe the 4 phases of a normal adult swallow function. *It is important to note the head and neck anatomy of an infant is different from an adult; therefore, the swallow function described below is not indicative of an infant’s swallow function.