World COPD Day is an annual event organised by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) to improve awareness and care of COPD around the world. You can stay up-to-date with World COPD Day news as well as connecting with others via their WORLD COPD Facebook page.
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) damages the airways to the lungs and makes it harder for a person with COPD to get air in and out of their lungs, which results in difficulty breathing.
Dyspnoea (difficult, laboured breathing or shortness of breath) is a common feature of COPD and many other disorders, and those diagnosed with COPD will have weak inspiratory muscles (the muscles used to breathe in).
In the study, 'The Effects of 1 Year of Specific Inspiratory Muscle Training in Patients with COPD' published online in CHEST (the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians) POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training was shown to elicit:
- Improvements in inspiratory muscle strength of 55% in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Improvements in endurance of 86% in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Improvements in quality of life by 21% in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Improvements in dyspnoea by 36% in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
The POWERbreathe Medic is an inspiratory muscle training device (IMT), or respiratory muscle training device (RMT), which is available for prescription in the UK and offers an evidence-based, drug-free treatment for patients with COPD as well as for those with a variety of other medical conditions such as Heart Failure, Asthma, Thoracic Surgery, Ventilator Weaning, Cystic Fibrosis and Neuromuscular Disease.
Prescribed by medical professionals, the hand-held POWERbreathe Medic breathing muscle training device is being prescribed as a standalone intervention or as part of a rehabilitation programme and has no side-effects or drug interactions. Always speak to a medical professional about your medical issues or concerns. Please consult your health care provider before beginning any health related program.
Read more about POWERbreathe for COPD and how the POWERbreathe K-Series has been recognised as the ‘Gold Standard’ RMT (Respiratory Muscle Training) device for important research, and which concluded “that the handheld device provides automatically processed and valid estimates of physical units of energy during loaded breathing tasks. This enables health care providers to quantify the load on inspiratory muscles during these tests in daily clinical practice.”