Italian-American actor Paul Sorvino has been mastering various breathing techniques to manage his, and his son’s asthma.
Originally Sorvino had set his heart on becoming an opera singer, but he suffered from severe asthma and he went on to study dramatic arts, later appearing in a variety of films including Martin Scorsese’s ‘Goodfellas’, TV and theatrical productions. Sorvino’s career was threatened when asthma compromised his ability to talk and sing, but he says the breathing exercises he learned 30 years ago have allowed him to breathe normally since.
Sorvino’s latest focus has been on teaching his son breathing exercises, as he also suffers from asthma, and rather than rely on the various medications that were prescribed, Sorvino decided he wanted to teach his son breathing exercises, to help control his symptoms.
“They teach you to fill your lungs up from the bottom, where they have the most capacity," he said. "It enables a person to begin dealing with his affliction in an organized way."
Sorvino has now formed the Sorvino Asthma Foundation for helping others alleviate symptoms of asthma through breathing exercises. The Sorvino's felt inhalers were fine in emergencies, but with the breathing exercises, the point of possibly no return often doesn't have to be reached.
"Relying on inhalers is such a recipe for a whole boatload of side effects," Paul said. Thankfully there is a drug-free breathing muscle training tool that has no drug interactions or side-effects – our very own POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Trainer.
The POWERbreathe hand-held breathing muscle trainer exercises the muscles used to breathe, making them stronger and less prone to fatigue. And if you have asthma, you’ll be more than familiar with the feeling of shortness of breath, tightness in your chest and possibly short, shallow breaths, so it may interest you to know that in randomised, controlled trials on mild to moderate asthmatics, POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) increased inspiratory muscle strength by a mean of 11% in just 3-weeks.
POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training has been shown to relieve symptoms of asthma by improving lung function which also resulted in a reduction of medication and a fall in hospitalisations. And after just 3 weeks of POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training (IMT), asthma patients also experienced a reduction in dyspnoea (difficult or laboured breathing; shortness of breath) as well as improvements in their quality of life.
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