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June 1, 2005

Valdosta - There's new treatment in South Georgia for stroke victims and other people who have trouble swallowing.

Innovative Rehab Solutions in Valdosta is now offering Vital-Stim therapy. The treatment works by passing a small current through electrodes on the neck and stimulating inactive swallowing muscles.

It's geared towards stroke victims, people with head or neck cancer, and nuero-muscular diseases. The therapy can help patients learn to swallow again in half the time of other treatments.

"Traditional swallowing therapy that we do takes two to 52 weeks, while this takes 10 to 12 sessions depending on the severity because its working the muscles and it gets deeper into the muscles," said Crystal Webber, Speech Therapist.

Vital-Stim is also offered at Phoebe Putney and Tift Regional Medical Center.

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