Drooling’s Association with Quality of Life in Parkinson’s

Although medication advancements and surgical interventions such as deep brain stimulation (DBS) have provided significant improvement in managing the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, the non-motor symptoms, which can include drooling, dysphagia, sleep...

Join the Resistance Movement and Strengthen Your Breathing Muscles

“I use the Breather to train and strengthen my diaphragm” Roger (Breather®FIT with Manometer) Roger is retired from broadcasting, and he doesn’t want Parkinson’s to rob him of his voice. Resistance Training for the Breathing Muscles Skeletal muscles are reactors and...

Diaphragmatic Strengthening for Breathing and Posture

Research has unveiled some important associations between bad posture and health issues. Age related degenerative changes in the spine can contribute to a stooped posture, and a tendency to bend or flex forward is also the most common change in posture seen with...

Dysphagia Awareness Month- Values Clarification Guides Treatment

On September 27, 2008, the US Congress passed a bipartisan statute which declared June as National Dysphagia Awareness Month. Dysphagia Awareness Month provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about what dysphagia is, its symptoms, causes, available...

A Swallowing Preparedness Kit for People with Parkinson’s disease

Last week I presented a community lecture on Swallowing problems associated with Parkinson’s disease. When presenting information to an audience of people with Parkinson’s (PWP), I try to provide up to date information gathered from the dysphagia research. I also try...