During fitness and sports activities it’s not uncommon to experience stitch - that uncomfortable feeling in your side which can cause you to slow down and impair your performance.
But stitch has been linked to breathing problems and is considered to be a muscle spasm of the diaphragm and the ligaments that support it.
An article in Runner’s World addressed this problem for new runners who were having problems with their breathing and consequently suffering from stitch.
The article explains how these muscle spasms and stitch “are thought to occur from the strain and fatigue associated with the increased workload of accelerated breathing from exercise.” There is a particular type of training that will help alleviate this breathing fatigue, inspiratory muscle training.
POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training devices (breathing trainers) exercise the muscles you use to breathe in, the inspiratory muscles. It works by adding a resistance to your breath as you breathe in through the device - like dumbbells for your diaphragm.
As your breathing muscles become stronger you increase the resistance, so you’re always challenging them, and specifically targeting them.
Increased breathing strength results in an increase in breathing stamina too and a reduction in breathing fatigue. So in regard to stitch resulting from breathing fatigue, POWERbreathe IMT devices offer the very solution to help make these a distant memory. Not only that but because of your increased breathing strength and stamina, you’ll be able to run, cycle, swim, ski etc farther for longer and with less effort!