Duke speech pathologists offer RMT to strengthen breathing muscles weakened by:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Obstructive sleep apnea or other sleep disorders
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscular dystrophy
- Spinal cord injury
- And other conditions
Respiratory muscle training is also used to speed ventilator weaning and strengthen breathing muscles following tracheostomy. In addition to increasing respiratory muscle strength, respiratory muscle training can also help improve speaking, swallowing, and coughing, which use related muscles.
Personalized Treatment Plans
Our speech pathologists evaluate your condition and design a treatment plan that’s right for you. When appropriate, we can combine respiratory muscle training with traditional communication and swallowing therapies to ensure we provide you with the most complete care for your condition. With our intervention and guidance, you will strengthen your respiratory muscles and improve your breathing.