POWERbreathe Blog

  • Winter Training Advice

    If we are to believe the news, the UK this year will experience a colder than average winter. But don’t let this deter you from your winter training. Winter Training There are a few things you can do to make your winter training more comfortable. Perform a warm-up...

  • Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2018

    POWERbreathe will close for Christmas and New Year, from 22nd December 2018 to 1st January 2019 inclusive. The last posting dates for your order to arrive in time for Christmas will depend on these parcel delivery services:  Royal Mail, Parcel Force or DHL. (They...

  • Respiratory Muscle-Induced Metaboreflex

    A recent research paper in Experimental Physiology looks into the effect of an increase in inspiratory muscle work on blood flow to inactive and active limbs. It addresses the process of metaboreflex. What is metaboreflex? Metaboreflex is where the body restricts...

  • Can Multiple Sclerosis Affect Breathing

    The automatic nervous system is part of the central nervous system. It controls vital functions, one of which is breathing, which we do without thinking. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, it is unusual for MS to affect the nervous system and...

  • Tips to Improve Breathing

    You may be asking yourself why you need to improve your breathing. It’s a fair question. After all, at rest, you take 12 - 16 breaths per minute without even thinking about it. So just imagine what your breathing would be like if you were to start thinking about...

  • ERS 2018 - POWERbreathe KH2

    This year the ERS International Congress is being held in Paris, France. The ERS 2018 (European Respiratory Society) Congress is the world’s biggest meeting of respiratory experts. It is of interest to researchers, clinicians, GPs and healthcare professionals....

  • New Asthma Treatment for Severe Asthma

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), are consulting again on the safety and efficacy of a new asthma treatment. The new treatment, bronchial thermoplasty, is likely to be offered to adults with severe asthma. The procedure involves applying...

  • S-Index assessment improves inspiratory muscle performance

    S-Index stands for Strength-Index. It is one of the POWERbreathe K-Series’ test modes. Its purpose is to calculate inspiratory muscle strength based upon peak inspiratory flow. Peak Inspiratory Flow (PIF) We can evaluate improvements in inspiratory muscle strength...

  • Russia World Cup team need help with breathing

    Following their victory over Spain and defeat by Croatia, news is coming out that the 2018 FIFA Russia World Cup 2018 team are using ammonia to help with their breathing. Russia World Cup 2018 team sniff ammonia The World Cup team doctor confirms the team use ammonia...

  • Rugby & the Beneficial Effects of Inspiratory Muscle Training

    The nature of the game of rugby involves high and low-intensity action. Also, the physical demands of the game are specific to each player’s positional role. However, despite the player's position, all need to be aerobically fit. Each must also have a high lactate...