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Soft palate exercises

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Why do I need these exercises?

You may have reduced movement in your soft palate. This can cause difficulties with eating, breathing or speaking. These exercises can help your soft palate movement. Using a mirror can be helpful.

How do I carry out the exercises?

Repeat each exercise ____________ times

  • Pretend you are yawning.
  • Puff out your cheeks and hold your breath. Do not let air come out of your nose or mouth.
Puffed out cheeks
Puffed out cheeks
  • Say “ah-ah-ah”
  • Say “mmm-bah-mmm-bah-mmm-bah”
  • Say “nnn-dah-nnn-dah-nnn-dah”
  • Say “ing-ah-ing-ah-ing-ah”

When should I do these exercises?

It is best to practice these exercises on a regular basis for short periods of time.

Please practice these exercises ____________ times a day.

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