Effects of a Tongue Self-Resistance Exercise on the Swallowing Function of Patients With Stroke: Case Report

자발적 혀 저항 운동이 뇌졸중 환자의 삼킴기능에 미치는 효과: 사례연구

  • Nam, Kyung-Wan (Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital)
  • 남경완 (분당서울대학교병원 재활의학과 작업치료실)
  • Received : 2018.10.19
  • Accepted : 2018.11.03
  • Published : 2018.11.30


Objective: This study aims to discover how tongue self-resistance exercise affects the swallowing function of patients with stroke. Method: The subjects of this study were two patients who were treated at the Y hospital in Gyeonggido. Data were gathered by VFSS regarding the degree of swallowing disability and oral intake before and after intervention. This study analyzed case studies of two patients. One patient's intervention was applied in September 2012 for three weeks. The other's intervention was applied in February 2014 for three weeks. At the first session, the VFSS examination was administered. Then, intervention began after the patients gave their consent for participation. Each session was practiced 10 times per set, but one session had 3 sets. Intervention frequency consisted of five sessions per week, and it was conducted for three weeks. Tongue self-resistance exercise included tongue protrusion, tongue lateralization, and tongue elevation on the hard palate. Results: The first tongue self-resistance exercise had a positive effect on swallowing function because of the decrease in VFS score. The second tongue self-resistance exercise showed improved oral intake based on FOIS scores. Conclusion: This study's results suggest that there are many benefits of tongue self-resistance exercise on the swallowing function when it is applied to patients with stroke.


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