A physiotherapist in Brazil spoke to us of a 93-year-old patient, sadly unable to inhale medication she desperately needs for a medical issue. Paulo, her physio, explains how her breathing muscles are so weak due to her illness. Consequently, her weak breathing muscles aren't strong enough to inhale the medication deep enough to be beneficial.
How POWERbreathe helped 93-year-old inhale medication
Quick thinking Paulo immediately set her up with the POWERbreathe K5 Inspiratory Muscle Training device. His patient began breathing in through the device on a regular basis to train her breathing muscles to become stronger. Consequently, Paulo saw improvements in her breathing strength, as the breathing load started to increase.
Breathing Load is a resistance that the patient breathes in against in order to strengthen the breathing muscles. And this load increases in increments, very gradually, according to the physiotherapist's guidance. This task is easier, thanks to the K5 Breathe-Link Live Feedback Software. This allows the user - and in this case, the healthcare professional - to see, in real-time, the progress being made. As a result, adjustments are made based on real data, making training more manageable for the patient. Such data, useful for prescribing a training programme, includes breathing power (watts), volume (litres) and breathing energy (joules). Consequently, this paints a picture of the strength and stamina of the patient's breathing.
Inhaling medication thanks to stronger breathing muscles
Inspiratory muscle training engages the breathing muscles, making them work harder. It's a form of training that requires a person to breathe in forcefully against a resistance. So it's much like any other form of progressive strength training, but for the breathing muscles. It's this forceful breath in, and an increase in resistance, that improves the strength and stamina of the breathing muscles, reducing fatigue.
Paulo's patient is now able to take in such a forceful breath that she now successfully inhales her prescription, helping to improve the symptoms of her medical condition.