Strength Training for Your Respiratory Muscles
Duke speech pathologists offer RMT to strengthen breathing muscles weakened by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), obstructive sleep apnea, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and spinal cord injury, among others. 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 may be beneficial for other activities such as 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.