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Speech therapists, also known as speech-language pathologists (SLPs), can significantly help individuals with breathing issues. While they are often associated with speech and language, SLPs are experts in the entire upper respiratory system, making them valuable in improving breathing for various reasons:=

Breath Support: SLPs can assist individuals in enhancing breath support and control. This is crucial for those who may have weak respiratory muscles or struggle to regulate their breathing effectively. Through exercises and techniques, SLPs help individuals develop better control over their breath.

Respiratory Function: SLPs can address respiratory issues caused by various conditions, including speech and voice disorders. They work on improving the overall function of the respiratory system, which can lead to better breath control and quality.

Breathing Exercises: SLPs offer specific breathing exercises tailored to individual needs. These exercises may focus on diaphragmatic breathing, which is a foundational skill for efficient breathing and voice production. Mouth breathing is not normal and can lead to medical issues. Nasal breathing will be one of the most important goals in therapy.

Voice Improvement: SLPs help individuals, especially those with voice disorders, learn proper breathing techniques to reduce strain on the vocal cords. This not only improves voice quality but also ensures healthier breathing patterns. Individuals often feel like something is stuck in their throat but a laryngoscopy reveals no problems. They may be labeled as being hoarse. The cause of this can be found in the manner in which one swallows, which will show a weak swallow. This is easily corrected.

Overall Wellness: Better breathing isn't just about addressing medical issues; it's also about improving overall well-being. SLPs can guide individuals in achieving more relaxed and efficient breathing for daily life.

Janet Bennett, M.Ed, speech therapist at Asheville Speech can play a vital role in addressing breathing difficulties, when they are related to speech and voice disorders. She offers a range of techniques and exercises to enhance breath control by learning to habitually nasal breathe. If you or someone you know experiences breathing problems, consulting with Janet can be a valuable step toward improvement and enhanced quality of life.

Contact Asheville Speech for breathing help in Asheville and North Carolina

Reach out to Janet Bennett, M.Ed., Speech Pathologist at (828) 285-8814 or using the contact form below. Janet works with both adults and children. She has over 40 years of experience. Therapy is available for symptoms that may not always be identified as problematic. However, they can result in medical issues. The cause must be treated to find a cure.

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(828) 285-8814