We never know the worth of water until the well is dry.

Thomas Fuller

Life Changing Innovation

Our innovative technologies provide a window into dysphagia. Our developments include assessment tools that allow clinicians greater insights into impairment for treatment planning, and rehabilitation technologies that allow both patients and clinicians a way to ‘see’ swallowing and work toward a positive change.

“It wasn’t until I had the stroke that I realised just how much of our daily social life revolves around eating and drinking. Just simply not being able to go out with friends for a meal or a coffee was having a real impact.”

“Using biofeedback? I hadn't spoken to my throat in 65 years. It’s amazed me how my brain can take what I see on a screen and convert it into actions in my throat.”

Tony, recovered from Dysphagia following a stroke.


Biofeedback in Strength and Skill Training (BiSSkiT) is a training protocol and accompanying software programme for rehabilitation and outcome measurement of swallowing impairments. It is simple to use and specifically designed for clinicians and researchers in the area of swallowing and swallowing disorders.
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The Test Masticating and Swallowing Solids (ToMaSS) App has been developed as an alternative to the Timed Water Swallow Test (TWST) to provide objective information on the efficacy of solid bolus ingestion. The app is easy to use, collecting accurate data by pressing three large simple icons to record the number of bites, masticatory cycles and swallows.
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The University of Canterbury Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research is the incubator for rehabilitation technologies and is a leader in the use of biofeedback to facilitate swallowing recovery. Maggie-Lee Huckabee, the Founder of Swallow Technologies Ltd, has over 30 years of research on the use of sEMG in swallowing recovery, resulting in refining the swallowing 'skill' protocol and ultimately developing innovative technologies to transform the clinical care for Dysphagiac patients.
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