The EMST150 is the most clinically validated expiratory muscle trainer and has been proven effective in strengthening weakened respiratory muscles, providing ALS patients with improved breathing and swallowing capabilities. After EMST training, clinical studies indicate that ALS patients experienced significantly increased expiratory pressure and enhanced swallowing function. These physical improvements translate into a slowing of disease symptom progression and a general improvement in the quality of life.
ALS is a progressive disease. Over time, ALS paralyzes the muscles that we use to breathe. One opportunity to delay breathing disability symptoms is to strengthen expiratory muscles with EMST training. Simple and easy muscle strength training with the EMST150 can provide ALS patients an opportunity to slow the progression of symptoms and enhance present quality of life.
ALS patients currently living with severely impacted breathing capabilities may need to utilize the new EMST75 Lite which provides a significantly lower breath capability. The EMST75 Lite allows patients with significant existing breath limitations to begin improving their expiratory pressure before graduating to the EMST150 at a later time if desired.
EMST150 Key Benefits for ALS Patients
- Strengthens Expiratory Muscle Strength
- Improves Expiratory Pressure & Swallowing Functions
- Can Delay Symptom Progression & Enhances Overall Quality of Life
- Improved Breathing Capabilities in as Little as Three to Four Weeks of Using the EMST150
- Available EMST75 Lite for ALS Patients with Severe Breathing Limitations
- Easy to Use, Drug-Free, No Risk Solution to Helping ALS Patients Live Better
“It is easy to use. My speech therapist advised me to use this device as an exercise to help in my swallowing and speech therapy (a result of my Parkinson’s disease). It is easy to use, sturdy, and effective. I did find it hard to blow through it at first but applying the correct amount of effort solved that problem (that must be why they call me a “blow-hard”). I continue to use it several times each day to continue strengthening the muscles I use in swallowing and speech.”
“Speech therapist recommended this unit for a family member, who had a stroke, to use to strengthen his vocal cords. It’s actually working. Yeah! Great for developing muscle strength.”
“My speech pathologist recommended the EMST and is following a course of action with me.
The purpose of using this EMST for me is to strengthen my diaphragm to improve my cough strength. I have very early Parkinson’s Disease, which includes a weakened voice box (also being worked on) that all too often results in liquid or solid material entering my windpipe and potentially lungs. I’ve only used the EMST for two weeks, but I do feel some improvement. I plan to continue using this device for weeks, months, or years should that be necessary.
As far as product quality, it is made of solid materials, fits together well, and the adjustment (which my pathologist does) seems linear and repeatable.
I do not use the nose clip nor hold my jaw as prescribed in the video. Those steps may be necessary for some people, though..”
“This is very helpful with improving deep breathing skills from the stomach area along with the lungs. Great strengthening aide for speech and volume of speech.”
EMST Effectiveness & Training Protocol for ALS Patients
EMST Evidence-Based Areas of Effectiveness for ALS Patients: Improved Maximum Expiratory Pressure, And Swallow Strength
EMST Training Protocol for ALS Patients
The EMST150 training protocol of five sets of five breaths, five days a week for five weeks is supported for ALS patients.
Clinical Validation of the EMST150 in Assisting ALS Patients
Study/Article: Impact of expiratory strength training in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Study/Article: Impact of expiratory strength training in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Results of a randomized, sham-controlled trial