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.

  • Asthma in the UK

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    Posted on March 26, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Asthma in the UK

    This infographic provides an overview of asthma in the UK. Although asthma symptoms are mostly managed with medication, research has also reported improvements in lung function, asthma symptoms and reductions in usage of medication following six months of pressure threshold inspiratory muscle training (IMT) with POWERbreathe.

    Sourced fromMeds4All


    Posted in: Asthma, Breathing Problems
    Tags asthma

  • Cardiac & Respiratory Function Supported by Abdominal Muscles in Muscular Dystrophy

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    Posted on March 23, 2015
    by PB Admin

    Cardiac & Respiratory Function Supported by Abdominal Muscles in Muscular Dystrophy

    This study, reported in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases found that “abdominal muscles may be severely involved in the muscular dystrophy process. The abdominal muscles are important to provide respiratory support when the diaphragm muscle has been damaged by the disease, so that additional abdominal muscle involvement can worsen the respiratory situation considerably.”

    “In MD where both breathing muscles and cardiac muscles are affected, this interdependence can lead to accelerated pathology. Normally, the diaphragm muscle drives about 50% of respiratory force, but other muscles provide the...

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    Posted in: Breathing Problems, Other Medical Conditions
    Tags Muscular Dystrophy, MD

  • The value of breathing retraining

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    Posted on February 19, 2015
    by PB Admin

    The value of breathing retraining

    This interesting article, written by osteopath Leon Chaitow, reviews ‘The Value of Breathing Retraining for Better Posture, Balance & Less Pain and Dyskinesis.’

    It talks about how problems arising from poor posture, such as back pain for instance, can come about as a result of faulty breathing mechanics.

    Chaitow refers to the study, ‘Inspiratory Muscle Training Affects Proprioceptive Use and Low Back Pain’ which supports evidence that breathing training can be successful in rehabilitating function as well as reducing a variety of symptoms.

    Participants in the study completed an Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) program using the POWERbreathe...

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    Posted in: Breathing Problems, Global News, Health & Wellbeing, Inspiratory Muscle Training, Other Medical Conditions, POWERbreathe, POWERbreathe Medic, Quality of Life, Research
    Tags Leon Chaitow, breathing retraining

  • Breathing Exercises for Asthma

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    Posted on December 3, 2014
    by PB Admin

    Breathing Exercises for Asthma

    We recently came across this article on Breathe, The Respiratory Professional’s Source for Continuing Medical Education, which summarises the evidence of the role of breathing control approaches in asthma and provides information on the content of evidence-based breathing exercise programmes.

    ARTICLE

    Breathing Exercises for Asthma

    The article initially states the three broad groups of breathing exercises for asthma:

    1. Exercises aimed at manipulating the pattern of breathing (breathing retraining)
    2. Exercises aimed at increasing the strength and/or endurance of the respiratory muscles (respiratory muscle training)...

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    Posted in: Asthma, Breathing Problems, Health & Wellbeing, Inspiratory Muscle Training, Quality of Life, Research
    Tags breathing exercises, asthma

  • It's World COPD Day and POWERbreathe’s here to help!

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    Posted on November 19, 2014
    by PB Admin

    It's World COPD Day and POWERbreathe’s here to help!

    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...

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    Posted in: Breathing Problems, COPD, Global News, Other Medical Conditions, POWERbreathe, POWERbreathe Medic
    Tags copd, World COPD Day

  • POWERbreathe Medic could save NHS money & resources

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    Posted on October 23, 2014
    by PB Admin

    POWERbreathe Medic could save NHS money & resources

    Health bosses have today (October 23, 2014) announced that the NHS in England needs extra money and an overhaul to services in order for patient care not to suffer.

    Well when it comes to respiratory care, Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) with the POWERbreathe Medic could help save the NHS both money and resources!

    In a 2005 study of the benefits of a 12-month programme of POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training, researchers observed significant reductions in the use of healthcare resources.1

    POWERbreathe IMT for COPD

    Accordingly to Professor Peter...

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    Posted in: Asthma, Breathing, Breathing Problems, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, Inspiratory Muscle Training, Other Medical Conditions, POWERbreathe, POWERbreathe Medic, Research, UK News
    Tags POWERbreathe Medic, NHS

  • How POWERbreathe could help improve exercise tolerance in people with CF

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    Posted on September 4, 2014
    by PB Admin

    How POWERbreathe could help improve exercise tolerance in people with CF

    We recently came across an article that reported on how patients with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) have less exercise capacity than their peers, even though their lungs may be relatively healthy.

    Studies by clinical exercise physiologist Dr. Ryan Harris (Georgia Prevention Institute) of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University have shown that it’s actually leg fatigue as opposed to lung capacity that is the limiting factor when it comes to exercise capacity, and suggests that this could be as a result of insufficient levels of blood and oxygen reaching their exercising muscles.

    Data...

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    Posted in: Breathing Problems, Cystic Fibrosis
    Tags cystic fibrosis, CF

  • Expiratory + IMT Improves Respiratory Muscle Strength in Subjects With COPD

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    Posted on September 2, 2014
    by PB Admin

    Expiratory + IMT Improves Respiratory Muscle Strength in Subjects With COPD

    Published in Respiratory Care: September 1, 2014 vol. 59 no. 9 1381-1388

    STUDY

    Expiratory and Expiratory Plus Inspiratory Muscle Training Improves Respiratory Muscle Strength in Subjects With COPD: Systematic Review

    Leonardo F Neves, Manoela H Reis, Rodrigo DM Plentz, Darlan L Matte, Christian C Coronel, Graciele Sbruzzi

    Abstract

    "Inspiratory muscle training (IMT) produces beneficial effects in COPD subjects, but the effects of expiratory muscle training (EMT) and EMT plus IMT in ventilatory training are still unclear. The aim of this study was to...

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

  • POWERbreathe and The Arthrogryposis Group

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    Posted on May 14, 2014
    by PB Admin

    POWERbreathe and The Arthrogryposis Group

    In April we were honoured to be asked by Emma Foden, Sport Scientist and Personal Trainer in disability sport, to talk to the charity, The Arthrogryposis Group at one of their summer events. Each event showcases different health, wellbeing and lifestyle opportunities that are available to them under the banner of Moving and Grooving with Otto; Otto being the charity’s mascot. Naturally we were delighted to be asked and agreed to assist at the event.

    The Arthrogryposis Group is a UK based charity for those affected by Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita which causes curved joints in parts of the body.

    The event we attended was the first in their...

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    Posted in: Breathing Problems, Events, Health & Wellbeing, Other Medical Conditions, POWERbreathe, Quality of Life, UK News
    Tags Arthrogryposis

  • POWERbreathe helps you take control of your asthma

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    Posted on May 6, 2014
    by PB Admin

    POWERbreathe helps you take control of your asthma

    Today (Tuesday 6th May), the BBC reported on a worrying story that revealed how people in the UK are dying unnecessarily from asthma. Researchers believe it could be down to asthma sufferers not receiving any medical help during their final asthma attack (which was the reason given in nearly half the cases they looked at).

    The National Review of Asthma Deaths says sufferers and medics must be better at recognising the danger signs, which was also reiterated by researchers of this review who found that clinicians and patients themselves had become complacent about the illness.

    NHS England's national clinical director for respiratory...

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    Posted in: Asthma, Breathing Problems, POWERbreathe, UK News
    Tags asthma

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