ESP: Effective Swallowing Protocol
ESP is a non-invasive, FDA-cleared treatment for dysphagia that combines the most effective electrical stimulation parameters with resistive exercises.
The result is improved quality of muscle contraction and swallowing function.
How Does ESP Work?
A combination of three major components makes this treatment protocol superior to competing electrical stimulation devices: Neuromuscular electrical stimulation + resistive swallowing exercises + postural strategies using the Restorative Posture Device (RPD). With this powerful trifecta, ESP achieves the following:
- Movement of the airway out of the food’s pathway
- Stimulation of fast-twitch, powerful muscle fibers to elicit motor contraction
- A 30-minute treatment time, providing 60, 72, or up to 90 swallowing attempts
- A safe, effortful swallow
- Decreased risk for aspiration
Why Does ESP Work?
ESP follows the guidelines of 60+ years of research. Using electrotherapy combined with exercise physiology, Ampcare’s ESP achieves:
- Proper electrode placement over the affected swallowing muscles
- NMES frequencies aligned with firing rates of motor neurons of the larynx (Luschei et al 1999)
- Parameters based on the relationship between amplitude and pulse duration
- A duty cycle that will decrease the risk of metabolic fatigue (Enika et al 2008)
- Principles of specificity training employed using effortful swallowing exercises (Kleim & Jones, 2008)
How does Ampcare compare to competitor devices? We broke it down for you!
Ampcare’s ESP follows the keys to neuroplasticity by having the patient perform a task-specific exercise that is repetitive and resistive.
What people say about us
“As a provider in today’s health care environment, effectiveness, quality, and value are first and foremost on our dashboard. The Ampcare protocol, device, and electrodes deliver consistent treatment allowing patients to return to their least restrictive consistency and texture.” - Carmen Vitton, M.S., CCC-SLP, CDP, RAC-CT, - COO - Rehab Synergies
2021 Overall Rating: 4.87 out of 5 stars