The EMST150 is the most clinically validated expiratory muscle trainer and has been proven to be effective in strengthening weakened respiratory muscles among Stroke recovery patients who are experiencing difficulty swallowing, medically referred to as Dysphagia.
Dysphagia is a disorder of swallowing that impacts an individual’s ability to eat and/or swallow liquids properly. Respiratory muscle strength and muscle coordination are critical, so foods and liquids can be properly swallowed and guided safely into the esophagus and not be detoured into the airway/trachea, creating a choking hazard.
One effective way of addressing the swallowing issue and choking risk is to use EMST training to strengthen weakened expiratory muscles. A clinical study of EMST training among Stroke patients suffering from swallowing difficulty confirmed EMST as an effective treatment for the development of suprahyoid muscle activity in stroke patients with dysphagia. Additionally, improvements in aspiration and penetration outcomes were observed.
Simple and easy expiratory muscle strength training with the EMST150 can improve swallowing capabilities for Stroke patients while improving quality of life.
EMST150 Key Benefits for Recovering Stroke Patients
- Strengthens Swallowing Muscles
- Reduce Choking Risks
- Reduces the Risk of Life-Threatening Health Issues Associated with Difficulty Swallowing
- Improved Swallowing Ability in as Little as Two to Three Weeks of Using the EMST150
- Easy to Use, Drug-Free, No Risk Solution to Addressing Swallowing Difficulty
“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 Stroke Patients
EMST Evidence-Based Areas of Effectiveness for Stroke Patients: Improved Swallow Function
EMST Protocol for Stroke Patients
The EMST150 training protocol of five sets of five breaths, five days a week for five weeks is supported for Stroke patients
Clinical Validation of the EMST in Assisting Stroke Patients with Swallowing Issues
Study/Article: Effects of expiratory muscle strength training on swallowing function in acute stroke patients with dysphagia