Swallowing Awareness Day – Dystonia can cause swallowing issues!

Swallowing Awareness Day

Swallowing Awareness Day

Source: Speech Pathology Australia

Join in to raise awareness on how various conditions can cause swallowing difficulties and how to get assistance to cope. 

Dystonia is a neurological movement condition which affects adults and children. It can affect any part of the body and causes muscles to contract or spasm. This may cause pain, twisting, tremors and other uncontrollable movements. Depending on the type of Dystonia it can cause swallowing difficulties – Types of Dystonia.

swallowing awareness day Swallowing! Everyone is doing it but no one is talking about it. It’s why in 2016 Speech Pathology Australia is hosting the inaugural Swallowing Awareness Day on Wednesday 11 May.

Like breathing, swallowing is essential to everyday life. Humans swallow at least 900 times a day: around three times an hour during sleep, once per minute while awake and even more during meals.

Around one million Australians have a swallowing difficulty. Swallowing problems can occur at any stage of life. However, the knowledge of dysphagia and its implications remain largely unknown for most Australians – Source: Swallowing Awareness Day.

More information: Click on images to open and view info or factsheets

Swallowing Awareness Day Factsheet on Swallowing Disorders

Source: Swallowing Disorders – Speech Pathology Australia

Swallowing Awareness Day Dysphagia

Source: Dysphagia – Speech Pathology Australia

 

 

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