Dyskinesia Effects on Breathing, Speech, and Swallowing

Dyskinesia Effects on Breathing, Speech, and Swallowing

Dyskinesia (uncontrolled involuntary movements that can look like fidgeting or swaying of arms, legs, oral-facial, or trunk muscles) are unfortunately a common experience for individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD).  Dyskinesia are associated with long term use of...
When Anxiety Causes Difficulty Speaking

When Anxiety Causes Difficulty Speaking

At last week’s weekly speech class, The LOUD Crowd, I asked each of the members to share a communication challenge and a goal for improvement. Interestingly, 6/12 people reported “anxiety” as a major contributor to their speech and communication difficulties. Anxiety,...
Dystonia more than just a muscle cramp

Dystonia more than just a muscle cramp

Dystonia is a movement disorder characterized by persistent or intermittent muscle contractions causing abnormal, movements, postures, or both.  Dystonia can be idiopathic, often running in families, and occurring without an associated medical or neurological disease...
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