The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation published an 'Article in Press' that looked at determining the effects of a short duration of combined inspiratory and expiratory progressive respiratory muscle training (RMT) on respiratory muscle strength, fatigue, health-related quality of life and functional performance in individuals with mild-to-moderate MS (Multiple Sclerosis). Results showed an increase in maximal inspiratory pressure and expiratory pressure and that RMT improved fatigue. The study concluded that a short duration of combined RMT improved inspiratory and expiratory muscle strength and reduced fatigue in patients with mild-to-moderate MS. A Combined Inspiratory and Expiratory Muscle Training Program Improves Respiratory Muscle Strength and Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis Andrew D. Ray, P.T., Ph.D. , Supriya Udhoji, OTR/L, M.S., Terry Mashtare, Ph.D., Nadine M. Fisher, Ed.D.
Objective To determine the effects of short duration, combined (inspiratory and expiratory), progressive resistance respiratory muscle training (RMT) on respiratory muscle strength, fatigue, health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and functional performance in individuals with mild-to-moderate Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Interventions Training was a 5-week combined progressive resistance RMT program, 3 days/week, 30 min/session. Conclusions A short duration combined RMT program improved inspiratory and expiratory muscle strength and reduced fatigue in patients with mild-to-moderate MS. Read the full Abstract. In another study it concluded that “Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) significantly increased inspiratory muscle strength and resulted in generalized improvements in expiratory pulmonary function in persons with Multiple Sclerosis who have minimal to moderate disability. Future studies are needed that focus on the long-term effects of IMT with increased resistance and the impact it has on increasing pulmonary function and functional performance.” Read about how POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training is being used for people with Medical Conditions where inspiratory muscle weakness and fatigue are symptoms. If you’re already using POWERbreathe to help with respiratory weakness and fatigue because of MS, then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum as we’d really like to hear from you. You can also read more on our blog from Madeline Simon, a Multiple Sclerosis patient who’s been using POWERbreathe to help strengthen her breathing muscles.