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Mendelsohn Maneuver Print

Purpose:  This exercise is designed to improve the upward and forward movement of the voice box during swallowing. It is important for the voice box to move up and forward when we swallow to prevent food/liquid from getting stuck in the throat, prevent aspiration   (food/liquid going into the windpipe), and to help in opening the esophagus (food pipe) to allow food/liquid to pass down the esophagus more effectively. 

   

 

1.  Swallow your saliva a few times.  Notice how your throat muscles "squeeze" and how your voice box moves up and down during the swallow.  You can place your fingers lightly on your Adam's apple (part of your voice box) to feel the movement of your voice box better (Figure 1).

 

2. Now, swallow and pay attention to your voice box going up as you swallow (Fig. 2).

3. When your voice box reaches the highest point in your throat, "squeeze" your throat muscles hard to keep your voice box in that high position for ____ seconds (Figure 3). 

4. Relax the throat and allow the voice box to drop to its normal position.

  Perform  ________  repetitions,   ________x/day .

NOTE: 

  • This is a difficult exercise and you may need to practice this a few times before you can do it correctly.  BE PATIENT! 
  • You may want to keep your fingers on your Adam’s apple the first few times you do Steps 2 & 3 to know when to “squeeze” your throat muscles.
  • Do this exercise without food/liquid until you are able to do this well. 
  • Consult your speech pathologist or health care provider to find out if it is safe for you to use this exercise while eating/drinking.  
 

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