Articles written by Vanessa Potter

Preoperative IMT for postoperative pulmonary complications

Intervention Review Preoperative IMT for postoperative pulmonary complications in adults undergoing cardiac and major abdominal surgery The objective of this Intervention Review from the Editorial Group: Cochrane Anaesthesia, Critical, and Emergency Care Group, was to assess how effective Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) proved to be in adults with postoperative pulmonary complications (PPCs) undergoing cardiac or major

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How The Inspiratory Muscles Contribute To The Breathing Process

How The Inspiratory Muscles Contribute To The Breathing Process

The diaphragm and chest wall muscles act together like a bellows to pump air in and out of the chest. To breathe in these muscles contract to expand the chest cavity, causing a pressure drop into which the air flows. To breathe out, you simply relax these ‘inspiratory’ muscles and the chest springs back forcing

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Track running induces inspiratory muscle fatigue in trained runners

A study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (September 26th 2015) tested the hypothesis that short-duration running exercise would induce Inspiratory Muscle Fatigue (IMF) which may limit performance. This follows studies that found IMF occurs after short-duration swimming exercise. Eight female middle-distance runners were the subjects of this study which found that

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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

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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

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POWERbreathe To Launch New Website

POWERbreathe will be inviting visitors to explore its new website towards the end of November 2015. The new website will not only provide a simpler user experience, enabling visitors to quickly compare and find the most suitable model of POWERbreathe, but it also addresses navigation and functionality that will allow visitors to access as much

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POWERbreathe For Vocalists

POWERbreathe Japan have been supporting several singers with POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training to help them breathe more deeply, control their breath and sustain forceful breathing. Artists who’ll be undertaking their POWERbreahte Inspiratory Muscle Training include singer-songwriters Chika Takahashi and UKO (Yuko), and vocalists Daisuke and Nona. Each artist has their own unique style of singing

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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

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Use POWERbreathe To Help Alleviate Side Stitch

A recent article in Triathlete Europe offered advice on how to avoid side stitch, citing diaphragm spasm as one of the most common causes, with spasm of the accessory muscles of breathing, the obliques, another cause. Canadian Running also featured an article about side stitch explaining that as you take in air (while running) your

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