I was beyond excited to pick up my newest edition of the Dysphagia journal. I've never said I wasn't a nerd. There was an article in the journal about chin tuck against resistance. I've always used what I call Modified Shaker exercises. My patients are generally elderly. Most have heart conditions or COPD. They are unable to do the Shaker as it was intended.
Most of my patients either use the Neckline Slimmer (available on Amazon) which offers 3 different levels of resistance through springs. They complete exercises exactly as if they were completing the Shaker, but don't have to lie on the floor and struggle to get up.
This article looked at using Chin Tuck Against Resistance (what I would call a Modified Shaker) to improve activation of the suprahyoids.
Overall, CTAR was an effective in exercising suprahyoid muscles in healthy participants.
This looks promising in giving us an alternative for our patients for the Shaker exercise!!