POWERbreathe is a multifunctional inspiratory muscle training (IMT) tool that has a wide use of applications for a wide range of people.
Randomised controlled trials have shown the efficacy of POWERbreathe in populations as diverse as highly trained endurance athletes, as well as patients with COPD and asthma.
POWERbreathe IMT is particularly helpful in the following contexts:
- All sports, including sprint sports and high altitude sports and training
- Treatment of breathlessness and exercise limitation due to illness, including respiratory, cardiovascular and neuromuscular, or simply due to advancing age
- Core stability training for injury prevention and the management of low back pain, postural instability and neuromuscular rehabilitation
- Physically demanding occupational situations where breathing demand is raised
- Settings in which the rib cage is restricted by clothing or equipment, such as protective clothing ensembles worn by the uniformed services
- Settings where loads are carried on the thorax, such as military rucksacks and army Bergens
- Settings demanding manual handling and load carriage, whether in an office, factory, warehouse or retail environment
- Settings where breathing apparatus is used (self-contained and filtration), such as woodworking and fire fighting
- Performing artists, including singers / vocalists, actors and dancers as well as teachers and public speakers where deep breathing, breathing control and voice projection are required
- Wind musicians who are required to take deeper breaths, control the breath and have the ability to sustain forceful breathing