NMES and sEMG in Dysphagia Management: The Guardian Way®
Adult Focused Course
Certified for 1.35 ASHA CEUs
The Guardian Way® is a fundamentally different approach to dysphagia treatment that combines NMES (neuromuscular electrical stimulation) with sEMG (surface electromyography) biofeedback for objective and quantifiable outcomes in an engaging, interactive format.
At Spectramed®, our mission is to lead the way in the advancement of rehabilitation tools to restore function to the highest level possible to improve the quality of life for all patients. We believe clinicians and patients alike should have access to the most comprehensive therapy suite in a global market.
The Guardian Way® is a program designed to train speech-language pathologists in a protocol, which utilizes fundamental electrophysiological principles of (NMES) combined with (sEMG) that have been used successfully for over thirty years in neurorehabilitation and applies these principles to the treatment of dysphagia across the lifespan. Developed by expert speech-language pathologists, Guardian® Therapy is a fundamentally different approach for the treatment of dysphagia. Guardian® Therapy uses NMES and sEMG to promote improved strength, timing and reeducation of swallowing musculature.
Participants will understand and learn how to apply the fundamental principles of NMES and sEMG for the treatment of dysphagia as independent entities and as the therapeutic fusion of ETS which combines NMES and sEMG biofeedback. The price of the course includes the latest device for not only a tremendous value of CEUs plus state of the art equipment but also for the immediate practical application of the Guardian Way® the next time you treat patients!
The course will teach underlying key scientific principles including electrophysiology, neuroplasticity, neuromuscular retraining and biofeedback, anatomy/physiology, etiological concerns, efficacy data supporting treatment outcomes, details of treatment, including hands-on practice, and practical considerations. The impact of NMES treatment on cortical re-organization from pre/post neural imaging data will be presented. An analysis of the historical and current evidence will also be shared. This highly efficacious treatment technique is safe, affordable, painless and can prevent the occurrence of deadly complications. The additional component of sEMG biofeedback provide clear objective, normative date for evidence based practice and supportive documentation for reimbursement. The use of gaming technology through bluetooth apps provides an interactive, engaging format for optimal physiological change. The goal in the rehabilitation of dysphagia should be to restore swallow function to the highest level possible in order to prevent further complications and promote optimal quality of life. The Guardian Way® NMES and sEMG/biofeedback are excellent tools for the clinician with hopes of effecting a positive change in swallow function.
This course is offered for 1.35 ASHA CEUs (Advanced level, Professional area)
Our course is offered via webinar format with both visual and audio components. If you would like to request accommodations, please email us at [email protected] or call 1-800-643-1917.
If it becomes necessary for Spectramed, LLC to cancel or reschedule a course, the participant will be contacted via email or phone and offered a full refund or a transfer to another course. When the participant opts to transfer to another course, the full amount of the cancelled class funds will be applied to the new course. If the new course fee is less than the cancelled course, a refund will be issued for the difference. If the new course fee is greater than the cancelled course, the participant will be expected to pay the remaining balance of the new course.
When the participant opts for the full refund of the course cancelled or rescheduled by Spectramed, LLC, the participant must return equipment and any training materials in new, re-saleable condition prior to receiving the refund. Return postage will be pre-paid by Spectramed, LLC.
Participants may cancel a course registration up until 14 days prior to the course date to receive a refund or transfer to another course. Cancellations received after the 14-day window are not eligible for a refund. Refunds will be issued after the participant has returned all training materials and equipment in new, re-saleable condition. Participant is responsible for return shipping costs.
- Define NMES and describe the properties of electrical stimulation and its impact on muscle tissue.
- Define sEMG and describe its function in analyzing and recording the electrical energy of muscle movement
- Identify the medical conditions for which NMES is indicated for the treatment of dysphagia
- Determine the candidacy criteria for the use of NMES in the treatment of dysphagia
- Identify the characteristics of NMES stimulation and discuss the importance of the properties of electrodes
Discuss and demonstrate the application of the The Guardian Way® therapeutic protocol in the treatment of dysphagia
- Describe and justify why there is a continued need for traditional swallowing exercises in conjunction with NMES
- Explain why adjustable electrical stimulation parameters maximize therapeutic outcomes
- Demonstrate effective communication skills for patient education regarding the treatment of dysphagia and the use of NMES and sEMG.
Spectramed®, LLC has developed and patented licensed technology trademarked as the The Guardian Way®. Because there are no other like-kind protocols available, course offerings will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of the above named intellectual properties.
Target Audience and Prerequisites
The target audience for this course includes speech-language pathologists with a foundational knowledge of dysphagia. There are no prerequisites for this course. Additional professionals are also welcome to attend, but CEUs are only available through ASHA at this time.
Satisfactory Completion Requirements
To receive credit for completion of the course, participants must pay course fee, attend the entire course offering, and complete ASHA participant form, post-test, and post course evaluation, . No partial credit will be awarded.
Spectramed®, LLC wants to ensure that each participant has a great experience with our company and our course offerings. All concerns or complaints can be sent to [email protected]. Participants may also call 1-800-643-1917 to discuss concerns with our sales department.