The EMST150 is the most clinically validated expiratory muscle trainer and has been proven effective in improving swallowing and cough functions of Parkinson’s patients, reducing choking and aspiration risks. Additionally, EMST training has been shown to strengthen weakened respiratory capabilities providing Parkinson’s patients with the potential of regaining similar lung strength to Non-Parkinson’s seniors. After EMST training, clinical studies indicate that Parkinson’s patients could improve their ability to swallow and cough. Additionally, patients who had experienced voice impairment improved their intonation, cadence, and pitch voice strength, improving their ability to communicate with others, contributing to an improved quality of life.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects many aspects of living. Patients frequently have deteriorated swallow and cough functions as well as softer and sometimes slurred speech. These symptoms worsen as the condition progresses over time. Although Parkinson’s disease cannot be cured, medications and therapeutic measures may significantly improve your symptoms. One opportunity is to improve swallow, cough, and speech functions with EMST training. Simple and easy muscle strength training with the EMST150 can provide Parkinson’s patients an opportunity to slow the progression of these symptoms and enhance their present and future quality of life.
EMST150 Key Benefits for Parkinson’s Patients
- Strengthens Expiratory Muscle Strength
- Improves, Swallowing, Cough, and Speech Strength
- Can Reduce the Significant Risk of Choking or Aspiration while Enhancing Communications Abilities
- Improved Swallow, Cough, and Speech Breathing in as Little as Four to Five Weeks of Using the EMST150
- Easy to Use, Drug-Free, No-Risk Solution to Helping Parkinson’s 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 Efficacy & Protocol for Parkinson’s Patients
EMST Evidence-Based Areas of Effectiveness for Parkinson’s Patients: Improved Cough, Swallow, Speech Breathing, Lowered Aspiration Risk, Increased Maximum Expiratory Pressure and Sound Pressure Level
EMST Protocol for Parkinson’s Patients
The EMST150 training protocol of five sets of five breaths, five days a week for five weeks is supported for Parkinson’s patients.
Clinical Validation of the EMST150 in Assisting Parkinson’s Patients
Study/Article: The Impact of Expiratory Muscle Strength Training on Speech Breathing in Individuals With Parkinson’s Disease: A Preliminary Study
Study/Article: Impact of Expiratory Muscle Strength Training on Voluntary Cough and Swallow Function in Parkinson Disease
Study/Article: Impact of Expiratory Muscle Strength Training (EMST) on Phonatory Performance in Parkinson’s Patients
Study/Article: Speech and Swallow in Parkinson’s: Prehab and EMST