Sit up straight and let gravity help
While the muscles of the esophagus are important in delivering food to the stomach, gravity can also help keep food moving. Eating while sitting upright and avoiding lying down immediately after meals may help improve swallowing ability in dysphagia.1
Source: http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/difficulty-swallowing-dysphagia-overview. Accessed December 2014.