Providing specialist ENT products since 1999.

Providing specialist ENT products since 1999.

Ampcare ESP Kit (Effective Swallowing Protocol)

A non-invasive, CE marked treatment for dysphagia.

The Ampcare ESP Kit combines effective electrical stimulation parameters with resistive exercises to improve the quality of muscle contraction and swallowing function.

It includes a portable powered muscle stimulator with adjustable parameters and Ampcare E Series electrodes that elicit the most comfortable motor contractions by stimulating inactive or atrophied swallowing muscles.

How Does ESP Work?

Combining neuromuscular electrical stimulation with resistive swallowing exercises and postural strategies, ESP works by achieving the following:

  • Movement of the airway out of the foods 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:

  • Proper electrode placement over the affected swallowing muscles
  • Frequencies aligned with firing rates of motor neurons (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 (Hawley et al 2008)

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