Inspiratory muscle training also known as IMT is a regimen of breathing exercises that aims to strengthen the respiratory muscles in our body to make it easier for us to breathe comfortably. IMT can be used specifically for patients who suffer from any form of respiratory illness including emphysema, bronchitis, asthma, dyspnoea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or any other breathing illness.
These types of illnesses have been shown to weaken and even deteriorate muscle bulk, including the muscles of the respiratory system, thereby depriving the body of necessary oxygen. This training is designed to strengthen and rebuild those muscles with controlled breathing exercises. Studies have also shown that IMT may also increase endurance during cardiovascular exercise or in high performance sports such as tennis, rugby and football.
During a normal breath, a person will typically use between 10 and 15 percent of his or her useable lung capacity. With respiratory muscle training, a person typically can increase the amount of useable lung capacity. Deeper breathing uses a bit more energy but at the same time also allows more oxygen to enter the bloodstream with each breath while strengthening the breathing muscles.
As one of the most popular respiratory training techniques, inspiratory muscle training can be performed at home with a breathing training device, at a doctor’s office, or at a rehabilitation centre. Devices provide resistance to force the diaphragm to expand more during breathing. Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) is scientifically proven to benefit patients with respiratory illness and healthy people.
If you are looking to train your respiratory muscles to work better when you breathe then using an inspiratory muscle training device twice a day can certainly help you to a much healthier lifestyle and more importantly help you with your breathing. A good pair of lungs helps you on your way to a better quality of life.