Should you tuck your chin when swallowing?

Should you tuck your chin when swallowing?

Should you tuck your chin when swallowing?

A speech and language therapist has assessed your swallow and has advised you to practice the ‘chin tuck swallow’. Why? This position increases space at the back of the throat where food and drink can wait before you swallow. This reduces the risk of it going down the wrong way before you are ready to swallow.

What does the chin tuck do for swallowing?

The chin-tuck position decreases the space between the base of the tongue and the posterior pharyngeal wall, creating increased pharyngeal pressure to move the bolus through the pharyngeal region.

When is chin tuck contraindicated?

Studies (Robbins et al 2005, Shaker et al 2002) found the chin tuck to be effective in 72% of the patients studied. They found it may be contraindicated in patients with weak pharyngeal contraction pressure as it decreased pharyngeal contraction pressure and duration.

What does chin tuck against resistance do?

The Chin Tuck Against Resistance (CTAR) Exercise is one of the best exercises for dysphagia. It can benefit many types of dysphagia because it targets an extremely important key component of safe and effective swallow function, which is the strength of the suprahyoid muscles.

Can chin tucks be harmful?

A reverse curve in the neck (cervical kyphosis), can cause the spinal cord to stretch and shear. Doing a chin tuck with a reverse curve can tear the spinal cord up! Worse part yet to come, our spinal cord doesn’t always feel what is happening. You can damage it daily for years with out knowing.

Are chin tucks effective?

Chin Tuck. One of the most effective postural exercises for combating neck pain is the chin tuck exercise. This exercise helps strengthen the muscles that pull the head back into alignment over the shoulders (upper thoracic extensors) and also stretches the scalene and suboccipital muscles.

Is a chin tuck a compensatory strategy?

The chin tuck has also been suggested as a compensatory strategy to reduce vallecular residue secondary to reduced BOT retraction to the posterior pharyngeal wall (PPW) [1, 6, 13].

When do you use chin tuck against resistance?

Chin Tuck Against Resistance (CTAR) exercise is suitable for most patients with swallowing difficulties / dysphagia:

  1. dysphagia or swallowing difficulties following strokes,
  2. dysphagia following head and neck cancer,
  3. dysphagia following Parkinson’s disease,

How long does it take for chin tuck to work?

Chin Tuck and Head Lift Hold for as long as you can pain free or until you fatigue and can no longer hold your head up. This is a humbling exercise and you need to commit to doing it for 12 weeks. Normal hold times are 89 seconds for females and 2 minutes and 30 seconds for males.

Do chin tucks help with double chin?

Tucking the chin releases tension and provides a pleasant, relaxing stretch. This motion should cause a mild “double chin”. Hold for up to 5 seconds, then release and repeat for a total of ten stretches.

How many chin tucks a day?

It is recommended to perform 5 to 7 sets of 10 chin tucks in the course of each day. In addition to regularly stretching and strengthening the neck and upper back, performing chin tucks throughout the day can serve as a consistent reminder to use good posture.

How does the chin Tuck maneuver help with dysphagia?

Conclusion Chin-tuck maneuver should benefit dysphagic patients with delay in the swallowing trigger, reduced laryngeal elevation, and difficulties to swallow liquids, but is not the best compensatory strategy for patients with severe dysphagia. Keywords: deglutition, fluoroscopy, deglutition disorders, dysphagia

What’s the best way to swallow with the chin down?

A common maneuver is the chin tuck, also called the chin-down posture. This involves tucking the chin to the chest while swallowing. The therapist may assist with a gentle touch to the head. Keep in mind that maintaining eye contact with a caregiver can interfere with the chin tuck maneuver.

Can a chin Tuck make the Swallow less safe?

the chin tuck can make the swallow less safe! The Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS) and the Fiberoptic/Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) provide ways to evaluate the effectiveness of postural techniques. However, if a technique works once, the clinician should double check the effectiveness over at least 2-3 trials.

What’s the best way to do a chin Tuck?

1. Take a small mouthful 2. Whilst holding the food/drink in your mouth, tuck your chin as close to your chest as possible 3. Swallow the food/drink keeping your chin tucked to your chest 4. Relax Do this every time you swallow