Practical Tips and Tools

A study recently crossed my desk where a researcher wanted to understand if Parkinson’s disease patients would experience improved swallowing after a four-week exercise regime of techniques used by singers in training. These exercises included a facial muscle strengthening routine of: (1) vocalized yawn, (2) jaw stretch and hum, (3) the pucker and lip smack, and (4) sing “Doe-Ray-Me-Sew-La-Tea-Doe” three times. The researcher was going to compare this “singing exercise regimen” with a typical Parkinson’s exercise... Read More