IQoro® has been developed for people that have problems with being able to breathe, eat, speak or smile, i.e. those that have dysfunctions in the face, mouth, throat, upper airways, esophagus or diaphragm.
IQoro® is a neuromuscular training device and regime that exercises and strengthens the affected muscles and, via the oral cavity, activates the nerve system to and from the brain thus allowing it to rebuild, improve and regain its control over these functions.
IQoro® can be used as a preventative measure to optimise the conditions for normal face-, bite, and jaw development during the growing years from 1½ years old. IQoro® can also eliminate bite abnormalities like open bite, high and narrow palate, and overbite. Read more at: Abnormal bite- and jaw development
Exercise takes 30 seconds per session, three times per day – 1½ minutes per day in total. This training makes it possible to strengthen the muscles and to improve and regain the brain’s control over them, depending upon the root cause of the muscle weakness.
IQoro® fits everyone, irrespective of bite and jaw, because of its unique design.
It is available in two sizes:
Small, for children from approx. 1½ to 12 years old.
Large, for adults from approx. 12 years old and upwards.
More than 20 years’ research lies behind the development of IQoro®.
Stroke – paralysis, pre-oral, oral and pharyngeal dysphagia [1-5]
Treatment with IQoro® after stroke, for a 5 to 13 week period, has an enduring effect on swallowing difficulties, paralysis in the face and throat and postural control. Even those with long-standing problems can be helped:
97 % of patients improve their swallowing abilities.
71 % regain normal swallowing capacity.
In the best cases, paralysis is completely eliminated or improved in all four face quadrants, and a more symmetrical face, with increased control, is achieved.
Postural control is significantly improved with enduring effect.
A common cause of snoring and apnoea is weakened and slack musculature in the tongue, soft palate and upper air pathways. Studies show that IQoro® strengthens and improves tension in this musculature [5, 6]. This explains why IQoro® can treat snoring problems and prevent the upper air pathways collapsing and causing breathing suspension (apnoea).
NOTE! If you use a prescribed device such as an oral appliance or CPAP, you should consult with your physician whether these treatments can be ceased after training with IQoro®.
A positive effect on several conditions at the same time
The same muscles and nerve pathways are used, although in different ways, to breathe, eat, speak and smile. Research  shows that training with IQoro® actively stimulates the mouth, and in this way reaches the control system for the swallowing process, which is also closely related to the control systems for other bodily functions . These include breathing, the ability to make speech sounds (talk)5], facial expressiveness [1, 2, 4], tear- and saliva production, postural control , stomach- and intestine function, etc. This explains why training with IQoro® can have a natural, positive effect on so many different functions at the same time.
Hägg M., Tibbling L. Effect of oral IQoro® and palatal plate training in post-stroke, four-quadrant facial dysfunction and dysphagia: A comparison study. Acta Otolaryngol. 2015 Sep;135(9):962-8. doi:10.3109/00016489.2015.1042043. Epub 2015 May 7. PMID: 25947252
Hägg MK., Tibbling LI. Effects on facial dysfunction and swallowing capacity of intraoral stimulation early and late after stroke. NeuroRehabilitation. 2015;36(1):101-6. doi: 10.3233/NRE-141197. PMID: 25547771
Hägg M, Tibbling L. Longstanding effect and outcome differences of palatal plate and oral screen training on stroke-related dysphagia. The Open Rehabilitation Journal, 2013, 6, pp 26-33.
Hägg M, Anniko M. Lip muscle training in stroke patients with dysphagia. ActaOto-Laryngologica, 128 (9): pp1027-1033, 2008.
Hägg M., Tibbling L. Effect of IQoro® training on impaired postural control and oropharyngeal motor function in patients with dysphagia after stroke. Acta Otolaryngol 2016; 136 (7):742-748. DOI:10.3109/00016489.2016.1145797 http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/00016489.2016.1145797.
IQoro® – list of scientific articles
Ekberg O, (2011), Röntgendiagnostiska avdelningen, Universitetssjukhuset MAS, Malmö, Normal sväljning inclusive anatomi och fysiologi, (pdf). Hämtad 2015-12-05, http://media1.dysfagi.se/2011/06/svaljningssvarigheter.pdf
(English translation: ”Normal swallowing including anatomy and physiology”)
Hägg M, Tibbling L, Franzén T. Esophageal dysphagia and reflux symptoms before and after oral IQoro® training. World J Gastroenterol 2015; 21(24): 7558-7562.
Hägg M, Tibbling L, Franzén T. Effect of IQoro® training in hiatal hernia patients with misdirected swallowing and esophageal retention symptoms. Acta Otolaryngol. 2015 Jul; 135 (7):635-9.