The EMST150 is the most clinically validated expiratory muscle trainer and has been proven to be effective in strengthening weakened respiratory muscles that in turn cause shortness of breath (Dyspnea) and trouble swallowing (Dysphagia) for many COPD patients.
Although COPD is a progressive disease that gets worse over time, COPD is treatable. With proper management, most people with COPD can achieve good symptom control and quality of life and reduce the risk of other associated conditions. One effective way of delaying life-impacting symptoms, including shortness of breath, is to utilize the EMST150. EMST training can significantly improve expiratory muscle strength. Clinical trials have shown that COPD patients who complete EMST training show improvements in breathing, both at rest and moderate physical activity, and improve swallowing function. Alone or in combination, these improvements provide a general improvement in the quality of life.
Simple and easy expiratory muscle strength training with the EMST150 can improve breathing and swallowing capabilities for COPD patients while improving quality of life.
Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training (IMST) with the IA150 adapter for People with COPD
People with COPD can also benefit from training their inspiratory muscles in addition to their expiratory muscle training with the EMST150. Inspiratory muscle strength training has been proven to strengthen the respiratory muscles, thereby improving the breathing ability and the overall strength of the respiratory system. Additionally, inspiratory muscle strength training has been proven to be efficient in enhancing physical performance and increasing physical endurance.
Inspiratory training with the EMST150 is achieved by simply attaching the available IA150 adapter to the device, making the one device capable of providing both expiratory and inspiratory muscle strength training.
EMST150 with IA150 Adapter Key Benefits for COPD Patients
- Can Improve Breathing Capability by Strengthening Respiratory Muscles
- Can Improve Swallowing Function and Reduce Related Choking Risks
- Enhanced Quality of Life for COPD Patients
- Improved Breathing & Swallowing Capability in as Little as Three to Four Weeks of Using the EMST150
- Easy to Use, Drug-Free, No Risk Solution for COPD Patients
“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 Efficacy & Protocol for COPD Patients
EMST Evidence-Based Areas of Effectiveness for COPD Patients: Improved Swallow Function, Improved Lung Function
EMST Protocol for COPD Patients
The EMST150 training protocol of five sets of five breaths, five days a week for five weeks is supported for patients with COPD.
Clinical Validation of the EMST150 in Assisting COPD Patients
Study/Article: Expiratory Muscle Strength Training for Dysphagia in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Meta-analysis and Systematic Review.