Speech Language Pathologist Attends Training


Shanna Campbell, Speech Language PathologistShanna Campbell, Harrison County Community Hospital’s speech language pathologist, recently attended a workshop on the use of the Expiratory Muscle Strength Trainer (EMST) for the treatment of voice and swallowing disorders.

EMST is a scientifically tested, clinically proven, handheld expiratory muscle strength trainer, designed by a respected team of researchers.

Research has shown the use of EMST training system to yield improvements in swallowing, voice and cough of individuals diagnosed with neurological/neurogenic diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and stroke.

Dr. Christine Sapienza, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and a world-renowned expert in the field of respiratory muscle strength training, led the workshop at University of Kansas Health System.

Campbell said she is excited to have another research-based tool to help people improve and maintain their voice and swallowing function.

“People with progressive neurological diseases do not have to wait for problems to arise before seeking medical treatment,” she said. “They may benefit from beginning a training program to prevent swallowing or communication problems from occurring.”

To learn more about EMST, contact Harrison County Community Hospital’s Rehabilitation Therapy Department at (660) 425-0236.

Pictured: Shanna Campbell

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