Jefferson University Hospitals

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

If you are having difficulty with swallowing (known as dysphagia), physicians and therapists of the Jefferson Voice and Swallowing Center may recommend neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES).

What Does Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Involve?

This safe and effective treatment involves a device that provides stimulation to the muscles of your throat with custom-designed electrodes. Other swallowing exercises will be performed in conjunction with NMES to rehabilitate your swallowing function.

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation is typically administered three to five days per week for 1 hour and is noninvasive and painless. It has been found to speed up the recovery process and provide long-term results. Jefferson University Hospitals is one of the very few hospitals in the Philadelphia region to offer this technique.