Breathing Problems

Blogs from people who suffer with breathing problems such as asthma and COPD as well as other medical conditions where breathing becomes difficult, such as cystic fibrosis and multiple sclerosis. These are their stories, telling us of their experience of using POWERbreathe to improve their breathing.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Systematic Review of IMT After Cerebrovascular Accident

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    Posted on October 29, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Systematic Review of IMT After Cerebrovascular Accident

    SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

    Systematic Review of Inspiratory Muscle Training After Cerebrovascular Accident
    Martín-Valero R, De La Casa Almeida M, Casuso-Holgado MJ, Heredia-Madrazo A.

    The objective of this Systematic Review, published in Respiratory Care (November 2015), was to “examine levels of evidence and recommendation grades of various therapeutic interventions of inspiratory muscle training in people who have had a stroke”.

    Studies of relevance were searched for in MEDLINE, PEDro, OAIster, Scopus, PsycINFO, Web of Knowledge, CINAHL, SPORTDiscus, DOAJ, Cochrane, Embase,...

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    Posted in: Breathing Problems, Inspiratory Muscle Training, Other Medical Conditions, Research
    Tags stroke, systematic review, Cerebrovascular Accident

  • Asthma In Older Women

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    Posted on October 1, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Asthma In Older Women

    Physician’s Weekly recently reported that older women are more likely to report having asthma than older men, and also have a 30% higher asthma-related mortality rate.

    To discover why, Dr. Alan P. Baptist (MD,MPH) conducted a literature review in which he found data suggesting that hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle often play a large role in asthma symptoms. Other risk factors were also identified.

    As a result of his review, Dr. Baptist recommended that physicians use Peak Flow Meters to assess asthma in older women because this particular group has a decreased perception of breathlessness.

    There have been other scientific studies showing...

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    Posted in: Asthma, Breathing Problems, Health & Wellbeing, Quality of Life
    Tags asthma, older women

  • Gender differences in dimensions of dyspnea in active young adults

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    Posted on September 21, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Gender differences in dimensions of dyspnea in active young adults

    RESEARCH:

    Sex differences in the intensity and qualitative dimensions of exertional dyspnea in physically active young adults
    Julia M. Cory, Michele R. Schaeffer, Sabrina S. Wilkie et al

    The purpose of this study was to explore the development of qualitative dimensions of dyspnea in a group of 70 physically active, healthy young adults.

    The young participants were asked to record two things throughout each stage of a symptom limited incremental cycle exercise test:

    1. Intensity of their breathing discomfort using the Borg 0-10 scale.
    2. Select a phrase that best...

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    Posted in: Breathing Problems, Health & Wellbeing, Other Medical Conditions, Quality of Life, Research
    Tags dyspnea

  • Heartening Words From A POWERbreathe User

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    Posted on September 14, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Heartening Words From A POWERbreathe User

    We’d like to thank Karl Coan for emailing us with this, his POWERbreathe story…

    To whomever it may concern.

    This may not be the correct way to contact you. I'm a 35year old man, who for all of my life has struggled with asthma. Bear with me, at school I could never run much further than 200m. I was put into a 400m race by an encouraging PE teacher, made it to the finishing line but collapsed.

    I felt held back all my school life and this continued into my adult life. Although my asthma had faded in as far as how much it affected me as I got older, I still couldn't do anything that involved anything too...

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    Posted in: Asthma, Breathing Problems, Endurance Training, POWERbreathe, Running & Sprinting, User Testimonials
    Tags product reviews, karl coan, POWERbreathe reviwe

  • Exercise-Induced Asthma - and POWERbreathe

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    Posted on September 3, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Exercise-Induced Asthma - and POWERbreathe

    Pip Windsor from Phsyio2Breathe is an expert with over 20 years’ experience in the treatment of Breathing Pattern Disorders (BPD) and Asthma Education and is an MDT Certified BradCliff Method® Practitioner (a structured research-based physiotherapy assessment and treatment programme for breathing pattern disorders).

    Pip has written this article about Exercise-Induced Asthma (EIA) for Evolved Physiotherapy & Performance, a clinic specialising in injury recovery, strength and conditioning, sports psychology and endurance coaching.

    Pip begins by asking ‘what is asthma’ and suggests a few solutions that could help; one of which is strengthening...

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    Posted in: Asthma, Breathing Problems, Dance, Gymnastics, Performing Arts
    Tags exercise induced asthma, EIA

  • Inspiratory and expiratory muscle training in subacute stroke

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    Posted on August 11, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Inspiratory and expiratory muscle training in subacute stroke

    Randomised Clinical Trial:

    Inspiratory and expiratory muscle training in subacute stroke
    Monique Messaggi-Sartor, Anna Guillen-Solà, Marina Depolo et al

    The objective of this randomised clinical trial, published in Neurology (Neurology 10.1212/WNL.0000000000001827) is to assess the effectiveness, feasibility, and safety of short-term inspiratory and expiratory muscle training (IEMT) in subacute stroke patients.

    Conclusion:

    Inspiratory and Expiratory Muscle Training induces significant improvement in inspiratory and expiratory muscle strength and could potentially offer an additional therapeutic tool aimed to reduce respiratory complications at 6 months in stroke patients.


    Posted in: Breathing Problems, Inspiratory Muscle Training, Other Medical Conditions, Research
    Tags Subacute stroke

  • POWERbreathe Meet Physios At The London Clinic

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    Posted on July 30, 2015
    by PB Admin

    POWERbreathe Meet Physios At The London Clinic

    POWERbreathe popped in to meet up with new members of the physiotherapy team at The London Clinic (23rd July). The London Clinic is one of the UK’s largest private hospitals, dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with a breadth of surgical and medical expertise.

    We presented POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training to 10 new members of the team and to their clinical specialist, respiratory physiotherapist, Anne Pitman.

    The physiotherapy team already use the POWERbreathe K5 with Breathe-Link Live Feedback Software to test and monitor breathing parameters in patients, and then patients use their own POWERbreathe...

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    Posted in: Breathing, Breathing Problems, Other Medical Conditions, POWERbreathe, UK News
    Tags The London Clinic

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