ALS - EMST150

ALS

The EMST150 is in studies for use with persons with ALS and it is reported as feasible and well tolerated in patients with ALS showing improvements in both expiratory force-generating pressures and swallow kinematics.

“While exercise in persons with ALS has historically been discouraged due to fear that muscle overburden may execrate physical decline, recent animal and human data suggest that moderate intensity exercise applied early in the disease may serve a neuroprotective role in ALS. Indeed, exciting preliminary data from our laboratory indicate that a regimen of expiratory muscle strength training (EMST) in persons with mild-moderate ALS has a positive effect on expiratory force generating abilities, airway protection and cough during swallowing, swallow kinematics, self-reported swallow severity and swallow- related quality of life.”


Impact of expiratory strength training in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Plowman EK, Watts SA, Tabor L, Robison R, Gaziano J, Domer AS, Richter J, Vu T, Gooch C Muscle Nerve. 2016 Jun;54(1):48-53. doi: 10.1002/mus.24990. Epub 2016 Mar 3.PMID: 26599236