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The Role of Exercise in Post Polio Syndrome: Limbs, Speech and Swallowing

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The long term consequences for polio survivors of the epidemic of the late 1940"s and 50's, is now termed "post polio syndrome" and late effect symptoms" may include: weakness of the limbs, muscle fatigue or pain. Bulbar symptoms may include: new problems with breathing, swallowing or speech. Current evidence suggests that exercises are often beneficial provided that the exercise program is designed for the individual following a thorough assessment and is supervised initially by knowledgeable health professionals.


Joan Headley, executive director of Post-Polio Health International (PHI)., and editor: Ventilator-Assisted Living,   

Dr Barbara Sonies, Board Certified Specialist Swallowing, and former Chief of Speech Language Pathology Section and Oral Motor Function Section, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at NIH, has conducted research and published on neurologic, neuromotor and systemic conditions that impact on swallowing function.

PHI's mission is to enhance the lives and independence of polio survivors and home ventilator users .www.post-polio.org  Contact: info@post-polio.org