PhagiaFLEX (ISO CTAR Device) for Dysphagia and Voice
Chin Tuck Against Resistance (CTAR) and JOAR exercises for dysphagia
Vocal Cord Adduction exercises for voice disorders
The PhagiaFLEX CTAR Device is a patented flexible device, designed to be a more convenient, less strenuous alternative to the Shaker exercise for dysphagia. Phagiaflex targets the suprahyoid muscles under the chin. The Suprahyoid muscles consist of: the Geniohyoid, Mylohyoid, Stylohyoid, and the Digastric. These muscles primarily assist in elevating the hyolaryngeal complex and opening the upper esophageal sphincter (UES) during the swallow. The Mylo-hyoid also functions to elevate the tongue and the floor of the oral cavity.
PhagiaFLEX can be used for CTAR (ChinTuck Against Resistance), JOAR (Jaw Opening Against Resistance), ESAR (Effortful Swallow Against resistance), vocal cord adduction and laryngeal elevation exercises.
The PhagiaFLEX CTAR Device was used in a research study, published in 2018. Click here
We have 4 models based on need:
The hand held PhagiaFLEX model can be used by anyone strong enough to hold the device. It can be held by the patient, or the therapist can hold it for the patient, or assist the patient to hold it correctly.
The hand held pediatric version is the same as the regular hand held, but built for smaller children or adults.
The table mount PhagiaFLEX model is used by patients who are much weaker, or disabled and cannot hold the device well enough to perform the exercises correctly, or by patients that prefer to not have to hold the device. It should be used with an adjustable hospital bed tray table so that it can be adjusted to the correct positioning for each patient.
The chest mount PhagiaFLEX model provides a lower level of resistance, and is used to apply a slight pressure upwards on the chin for a longer duration, so that patients can apply light pressure to hold their chin in a level position for 10, 20, 30 minutes or longer, while watching TV or reading. Patients are able to perform other therapy tasks while using the chest mount. They can also perform CTAR and JOAR exercises with less resistance.
90 Day Risk Free Trial:
Dysphagia is a complex disorder with many causes and responses to treatments. Many dysphagia cases involve weakness in the suprahyoid muscles, which can be strengthened through exercises, but not all cases. We are very confident that our device can help. Therefore, you are welcome to try the PhagiaFLEX CTAR Throat Exerciser and return it within 90 days for any reason for a full refund of the purchase price.
If you are a facility, and would like to order using a purchase order, please send the order to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to purchase a PhagiaFlex CTAR Device
Disposable Chin Pad Covers for use with multiple patients
Research - Evidence Based Practice (EBP)