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Breathing Problems/COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a combination of emphysema and bronchitis. People who have COPD, and other breathing problems, are likely to lose physical strength because their muscles donít get enough oxygen. And the coordination of breathing and swallowing is difficult, often causing problems consuming enough calories and liquid.

Your speech therapist will take measures on your breathing and your swallow. She will teach you effective breathing techniques that allow muscles to be nourished by oxygen, and then strengthen them for easier and safer swallowing. And, through gentle, hands-on treatment, your therapist will influence your tissues to perform at their best level. This program is not for active smokers.

Treatment frequency: Dependent upon the ability of the participant to practice the exercises outside of therapy. Twice a week is average. The number of sessions depends on the individualís severity of impairment and response to treatment.
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