Soft voice, slurred speech and masked face
Parkinson’s patients have difficulty with voice and speech. We have shortness of breath. We don’t speak loud enough. Our speech is almost unintelligible. Our face is expressionless (”poker-face”), so people thought we are not interested or unhappy, even though that is not truly how we feel.
In order to solve these problems, there are ways to improve the muscles around the mouth:
•Use tongue in your mouth to massage the muscles around the mouth.
•Gargle with water full on your throat and blow air through it without swallowing, twist your mouth to the extreme left, right, up and down, to strengthen the facial muscles.
•Blow air deeply into balloon to exercise the muscles around the mouth