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  • Reliability of K-Series for Assessing Pulmonary Function in Post-Stroke Patients

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    Posted on February 9, 2016
    by PB Admin

    Reliability of K-Series for Assessing Pulmonary Function in Post-Stroke Patients

    STUDY:

    Reliability of an Electronic Inspiratory Loading Device for Assessing Pulmonary Function in Post-Stroke Patients

    Kyeong-Bong Lee, Min-Kyu Kim, Ju-Ri Jeong, Wan-Hee Lee

    This recently published clinical research undertaken at the Graduate School of Physical Therapy, Sahmyook University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, was to examine the inter- and intra-rater reliability of an electronic inspiratory loading device for the assessment of pulmonary functions: maximum inspiratory pressure, peak inspiratory flow, and vital capacity.

    Maximum inspiratory pressure, peak...

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    Posted in: Breathing Problems, Global News, Inspiratory Muscle Training, Other Medical Conditions, POWERbreathe, Research
    Tags research, pulmonary function, post-stroke, Korea

  • Breathing Pattern Disorder Course, Bangalore

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    Posted on January 28, 2016
    by PB Admin

    Breathing Pattern Disorder Course, Bangalore

    RECOUP Hospital in Bangalore have conducted a post-graduate course for Rehabilitation and Pain Physicians, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists entitled ”The Palette of Breath" - Breath Support for movement, function, performance and expression in health and disease.

    The course focused on evaluation and treatment of breathing pattern disorders (BPD, musculoskeletal pain, musculoskeletal dysfunction and hyperventilation syndrome), as well as secondary lung dysfunction (Stroke, Spinal Cord Injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, LMN disorders (Myasthenia Gravis, ALS), Spine surgeriesa and Arthroplasties).

    As part...

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    Posted in: Uncategorised
    Tags Breathing Pattern Disorder, Bangalore

  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: Review and New Hypotheses

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    Posted on January 14, 2016
    by PB Admin

    Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: Review and New Hypotheses

    COMMENTARY

    Failed back surgery syndrome: review and new hypotheses
    Bruno Bordoni, Fabiola Marelli

    Dove Medical Press published this Open Access Full Text Article from the Journal of Pain Research about Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS), asking if diaphragm dysfunction plays a bigger part in persistent chronic lower back pain than previously thought.

    The commentary says that the dysfunction of the diaphragm muscle is not even considered when trying to understand the causes that lead to FBSS i.e. texts in literature do not mention the subject.

    In conclusion:

    The...

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    Posted in: Health & Wellbeing, Inspiratory Muscle Training, Quality of Life, Research
    Tags FBSS, back pain

  • Respiratory Muscle Training and Cognitive Function Exercising at Altitude

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    Posted on January 12, 2016
    by PB Admin

    Respiratory Muscle Training and Cognitive Function Exercising at Altitude

    STUDY:

    Respiratory Muscle Training and Cognitive Function Exercising at Altitude
    Quackenbush J, Duquin A, Helfer S, Pendergast DR.

    This study, published in Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance (AMHP), formerly Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, examined the effects that voluntary isocapnic hyperventilatory training of the respiratory muscles (VIHT) has on selected measures of executive functioning, including working memory and processing speed at simulated altitude up to 12,000 ft.

    Conclusion:
    The study concluded VIHT improved processing speed and working memory during exercise at altitude.

    Read the full article here >


    Posted in: Altitude Training, Endurance Training, Inspiratory Muscle Training, Research
    Tags altitude

  • Effects of High-Intensity IMT Following a Near-Fatal Gunshot Wound

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    Posted on December 8, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Effects of High-Intensity IMT Following a Near-Fatal Gunshot Wound

    CASE STUDY

    Effects of High-Intensity Inspiratory Muscle Training Following a Near-Fatal Gunshot Wound

    Description:

    A man who sustained a gunshot wound (via the left axilla which exited from the right side of the abdomen) during armed combat left him with severe thoracic and abdominal injuries. After five months he still reported severe dyspnoea on exertion and so a program of high-intensity, interval-based threshold inspiratory muscle training (IMT) was undertaken.

    Discussion points and observations:

    The subject tolerated well the...

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    Posted in: Armed Forces & Special Ops, Breathing Problems, Endurance Training, Fitness, Inspiratory Muscle Training, Other Medical Conditions, Police Force, Research, Workplace
    Tags Armed Combat, Gunshot Wound

  • Effects of IMT and Calisthenics-and-Breathing Exercises in COPD

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    Posted on December 8, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Effects of IMT and Calisthenics-and-Breathing Exercises in COPD

    STUDY:

    Effects of Inspiratory Muscle Training and Calisthenics-and-Breathing Exercises in COPD With and Without Respiratory Muscle Weakness.

    Published in Respiratory Care (Nov 10 2015), the aim of this study was to “compare the effects of inspiratory muscle training and calisthenics-and-breathing exercises associated with physical training in subjects with COPD as an additional benefit of strength and endurance of the inspiratory muscles, thoracoabdominal mobility, physical exercise capacity, and reduction in dyspnea on exertion.”

    CONCLUSIONS:

    Both the inspiratory...

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    Posted in: Breathing Problems, COPD, Inspiratory Muscle Training, Research
    Tags copd, Calisthenics

  • Non-Asthma Related Breathing Problems In Athletes

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    Posted on December 3, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Non-Asthma Related Breathing Problems In Athletes

    This BASES Expert Statement looks into exercise respiratory symptoms, such as wheezing, tight chest, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath and coughing which are commonly reported by athletes.

    These non-specific symptoms need to be assessed in order to confirm or eliminate the presence of cardio-pulmonary causes.

    There is a high prevalence - 70% - of asthma and exercise induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) in sports with high breathing requirements, and it has been assumed that exercise-induced respiratory symptoms in these athletes is due to asthma or exercise-induced-asthma (EIA).

    Symptoms however are misleading and...

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    Posted in: Altitude Training, Archery, Cycling, Endurance Training, Fitness, Football, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Rowing, Inspiratory Muscle Training, Martial Arts, Research, Rowing, Rugby, Running & Sprinting, Speed Skating, Swimming, Tennis & Badminton, Triathlon, Wheelchair Sports
    Tags breathing problems, BASES

  • POWERbreathe on World COPD Day 2015

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    Posted on November 18, 2015
    by PB Admin

    POWERbreathe on World COPD Day 2015

    The aim of World COPD Day is to improve awareness and care of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) around the world.

    COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease which causes obstructed airflow from the lungs and is a collective name for a variety of lung diseases, such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive airways disease.

    Shortness of breath and difficult, laboured breathing - otherwise known as dyspnoea - is a common feature of COPD and patients diagnosed with COPD will have weak inspiratory muscles.

    A one-year study of inspiratory muscle training (IMT) in patients with COPD was conducted in 2005 using...

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    Posted in: Breathing Problems, COPD, Events, POWERbreathe, UK News
    Tags World COPD Day 2015

  • Causes Of Inspiratory Muscle Weakness

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    Posted on November 12, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Causes Of Inspiratory Muscle Weakness

    Weak inspiratory muscles can be the result of a number of causes, including disease, but the amount of ‘exercise’ they receive has a huge influence upon their condition.

    We use the phrase 'use it or lose it' to describe the best way to off-set problems that come with ageing, such as completing crosswords to keep the brain active, but it applies equally well to the inspiratory muscles. For instance if you start getting out of breath when climbing the stairs then next time you’ll choose to take the lift instead. The consequence of this is that your inspiratory muscles receive less ‘exercise’ and become weaker.

    As your inspiratory muscles...

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    Posted in: Breathing Facts
    Tags inspiratory muscle weakness

  • Christmas Delivery 2015

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    Posted on November 10, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Christmas Delivery 2015


    Christmas 2015 Delivery

    To try and ensure delivery in time for Christmas, we suggest you place your order before:

    Monday 21st December

    We cannot guarantee that orders placed after 21st December will be delivered in time for Christmas.

    Our offices will be closed:

    24th December 2015 - 3rd January 2016 inclusive

    We are closed on Christmas Eve and will reopen 4th January 2016. We will not be despatching any goods during that period and will be unavailable for enquiries. We will however attend to all outstanding issues immediately upon our return.

    Thank you for your support throughout 2015 - Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year!


    Posted in: POWERbreathe, UK News
    Tags christmas delivery

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