The Fortuitous Discovery of the Olin EILOBI Breathing Techniques: A Case Study.J Voice. 2018 Nov; 32(6):695-697.JV
Exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction (EILO) is the term for the condition previously named vocal cord dysfunction and paradoxical vocal fold motion. It is defined by glottic or supraglottic obstruction during periods of intense exercise. Not all patients respond to conventional therapy with speech-language pathology, behavioral health interventions, and treatment of contributing conditions. In this edition of Journal of Voice, the authors describe a novel series of respiratory retraining techniques, now called Olin EILOBI (EILO biphasic inspiratory) breathing techniques, specifically designed for athletes with EILO. This case presentation describes the discovery of one of these techniques during a session of therapeutic laryngoscopy during exercise. The patient was an adolescent with EILO who demonstrated a positive response to therapy with a variant of these techniques over a few days, having previously struggled with symptoms despite multiple sessions of conventional respiratory retraining over the course of months.