Swallowing problems, known medically as dysphagia, are linked with malnutrition, depression, and reduced quality of life and can also lead to aspiration – when food or saliva is inhaled or falls into the airway – which can cause pneumonia and other health complications.[1] Dysphagia can also carry a financial burden. The monthly costs for the thickened liquids alone is estimated at $174 - $289.[2] People with dysphagia will spend more time in the hospital and are at greater risk of severe health consequences in rehabilitation settings.[3]

Typical management of swallowing conditions includes compensatory techniques (for example, postural adjustments and diet modifications), which only produce temporary effects.3 Rehabilitative swallowing treatments (such as strengthening and range of motion exercises) target the underlying physical problems for long-lasting effects and recovery of function.[4]

The Abilex* device is designed to support rehabilitative oral exercise training and targeted swallowing practice. Putting control in your hands with a device that is engaging and easy-to-use, anywhere.