Cough management

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Motor neurone disease (MND) is a progressive and terminal disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. Respiratory muscle weakness occurs eventually in everyone with MND.

Difficulty in coughing can be due to weakness in inspiratory, expiratory and bulbar muscles. A respiratory physiotherapist can prescribe the most appropriate cough management regime for the person with MND and teach techniques to help them to cough more effectively.

For further information and support contact our MND Connect helpline

mndconnect 0808 802 6262