Providing specialist ENT products since 1999.

Providing specialist ENT products since 1999.

EMST 75 Lite – Expiratory Muscle Exercise Device

Expiratory Muscle Strength Training for those with more severe respiratory weakness.

The EMST75 Lite is an expiratory muscle exercise device for people with health conditions that have resulted in a compromised respiratory capability.

The NEW EMST75 Lite was created for patients who want to begin their training at a lower threshold than the popular EMST150 provides.

It has been shown to be effective in building breath power in musicians, athletes, youth, elderly individuals, and people suffering from a range of conditions from snoring to OSA, and from Parkinson’s to ALS.

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People suffering from respiratory weakening ailments and with limited respiratory strength may need to utilise the new EMST75 Lite, which provides a lower breath strength threshold. The EMST75 Lite allows patients with higher levels of respiratory weakness to begin improving their expiratory pressure before graduating to the EMST150. You should check with a healthcare professional, whether this device is appropriate for your condition.

The EMST75 Lite and the original EMST150 are used to increase the strength of the expiratory muscles. The EMST75 Lite works the same as the EMST150 with a lower pressure range of 0-75 cm H20. Both devices are calibrated and measurable, allowing for documentation of patient progress.

The EMST75 and the EMST150 are the most clinically proven handheld expiratory muscle strength trainers available! Designed by a well-respected team of researchers, the one-of-a-kind device has over a decade worth of evidence-based outcomes.

Scientists all over the world agree that the simple use of the “Power 5 Training System” results in stronger breathing, cough, swallow and voice strength in both healthy individuals and those diagnosed with conditions such as Parkinson’s, COPD, Stroke, MS, ALS, spinal cord injury and OSA. And, is small enough to be carried anywhere, and used anytime.

Additional information

Product Options

EMST75 Unit, IA150 Inspiratory Adapter

How to use the EMST 150

Interview with Dr. Christine Sapienza about the EMST 150

EMST 150 report results

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The Four D’s – Conditions Explained

  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Dystussia (disordered cough)
  • Dysphonia (weakened speaking voice)
  • Dyspnea (shortness of breath)

These are clinically known by those involved in respiratory health as the ‘Four Ds.’ One or more of these health conditions are typically present in most people that are utilizing an Aspire Respiratory product.

The most common of the Aspire devices used is the EMST150 which provides effective respiratory muscle strength training backed up by evidence-based clinical validation by specific patient need(s). The EMST150 has been clinically determined to effectively in addressing these needs as follows…

For Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia): EMST150 training improves swallowing function by improving hyoid and laryngeal excursions and improved laryngeal vestibule closure.

For A Disordered Cough (Dystussia): EMST150 training improves respiratory function by increasing maximum expiratory pressure and improving cough airflow measures.

For A Weakened Speaking Voice (Dysphonia): EMST150 training improves voice quality by improving subglottal pressure.

For Shortness of Breath (Dyspnea): EMST150 training decreases breathlessness, the paralyzing feeling of running out of breath, improving the ability to do exercise-based tasks with longer endurance.

People suffering from respiratory weakening ailments and with limited respiratory strength may need to utilise the new EMST75 Lite, which provides a lower breath strength threshold. The EMST75 Lite allows patients with higher levels of respiratory weakness to begin improving their expiratory pressure before graduating to the EMST150. You should check with a healthcare professional, whether this device is appropriate for your condition.

EMST 150 Toolkit

EMST 150 Toolkit

 

 

IA150 Instructions Cover - Sentient Healthcare

IA150 Instructions

What is respiratory muscle strength training?

Respiratory muscle strength training programs are exercise based programs that work to strengthen the muscles used in breathing. Leith and Bradley (1976) first demonstrated in healthy individuals that the respiratory muscles, like their skeletal muscle counterparts, could be specifically trained to improve strength or endurance.

Over the years our suppliers, as well as other researchers, have found that these programs help other functions, like speech, cough and swallowing. The programs can be either inspiratory or expiratory and are typically accomplished using handheld devices. Training durations typically are 4-8 weeks. Training trials usually take 20-30 min per day.

What is the EMST 150 device?

The EMST 150 is a device that was developed to help strengthen the expiratory muscles used for breathing. EMST stands for Expiratory Muscle Strength Training. It has a pressure range that goes to 150 cmH20, which is why call it the “150.”

Why use the EMST 150?

The EMST 150 is a simple way to strengthen the expiratory/exhalatory muscles in a short period of time. There is no machine at the gym or health club that can accomplish this for you. If you are in need of improving the power and endurance of your breathing, the EMST 150 can do that for you simply and efficiently.

Is there research supporting the use of the EMST 150?

Our suppliers have been studying respiratory muscle strength training outcomes since the late 1990’s. They started investigating how it could be used with patients that have limited glottal airway space. From there they moved our work to others with muscle weakness including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury etc.

Their latest work has focused on patients with Parkinson’s disease. The largest randomized clinical trial on EMST is published in Neurology(2010). In this work they found positive outcomes for variables related to airway protection.

Can everyone use the EMST 150?

There are certain contraindications for the use of the EMST 150, so patients are encouraged to discuss the program with their physician. Some of the contraindication include occurrence of acute stroke, untreated hypertension, untreated gastroesophageal reflux and pregnancy.

Do I need to wear the nose clips when I train with the device?

Yes. The nose clips must be worn when training to prevent air from leaking out of your nose as you are blowing forcefully into the EMST 150. If air leaks out of the nose, the training effect will be lessened.

How do I know where to start the training with my patient?

Instructions for use are included with the EMST 150. The trainer is typically set to 75% of the user’s maximum ability to generate an expiratory pressure (MEP). So, if the EMST Gauge reads 100 then you would set your device to 75, start training there for one week and after one week, remeasure your MEP and reset your trainer if the MEP increased.

How do I know how long to train the patient at each level?

It is suggested that you train at each level for one week, 5 days per week, completing 25 breaths through the device per day (5 sets of 5 breaths). The training should be done all at once and will take between 15 and 20 minutes per day.

Should the device be shared with someone else?

Absolutely not. Sharing your device may transfer germs between users. Think of the EMST 150 like your toothbrush.

How is the EMST 150 cleaned?

Simply clean the EMST 150 with dishwashing soap and rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Should I rest in between sets?

Yes. It is recommended to rest 1 to 2 minutes between sets.

If a patient stops the training program what happens?

Yes there is a concept in the neuroplasticity literature called Use it or Lose it. This is also referred to as detraining in the exercise literature. It is basically a reversal of the adaptations gained with exercise. So it is recommend that patients continue to train with the respiratory strength training devices, between 2 to 3 days per week.