6 ALS Therapies to Improve Quality of Life



Because ALS affects the muscles used for speaking, communication becomes an issue as the disease progresses. A speech therapist can teach patients some adaptive techniques to make a normal speech more clearly understood, just as before the disease. Later in disease progression, a speech therapist can recommend devices such as tablet computers with text-to-speech applications or computer-based equipment with synthesized speech that may help with communication. Fortunately, there are now several technical devices that can improve the communication between patients and their loved ones.

Did you know that technology can improve communication between ALS patients?

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  1. Carol Mongiello says:

    You stated physical therapy will help ALS patients to improve and strengthen their muscles. So does this mean their muscles may be stronger but they have no ability to use these muscles? As in the case of rapid progression ALS. I’m having difficulty understanding this.

    • John says:

      Carol, as a fellow ALS patient, who does many exercises every day, but is still gradually losing strength, I think that your muscles won’t become stronger, but will be stronger than they would otherwise be.

  2. I live with ALS I went to physical therapy after spinal fusion surgery. I really pushed myself to get my legs and back stronger after surgery .It stopped progressing as I’d like. I decided to go see a neurologist and after tests was diagnosed with Als 😢

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