Many conditions may develop post-stroke. There are common conditions that improve over time and with rehabilitation. These include physical conditions, cognitive impairment and how you feel emotionally.
Physical conditions post-stroke
Although everyone will experience different effects after a stroke, there are commonalities. For instance after a stroke you may feel fatigued. And in fact it is fatigue, or lack of energy that is one of the most common effects after a stroke. This can lead to difficulty in everyday life and during rehabilitation. Fatigue is influenced by several factors, including depression, poor sleep, medication and pain. But physical symptoms too will cause fatigue. For instance limb weakness will make movement harder work. Consequently movement will require more energy and subsequently fatigue will set in. Finally this results in a reduction in exercise tolerance, the level of exertion you can achieve before you become exhausted.
Improving exercise tolerance post-stroke
The good news is that new research shows Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) to be effective at improving exercise tolerance poststroke.
What is RMT
RMT is a technique that aims to improve the function of the respiratory muscles. It is achieved through specific exercises. These exercises increase the strength and endurance of your respiratory muscles. Your respiratory muscles are those you use for inhalation and exhalation. As exhalation is mostly passive, it’s inhalation that you can influence. You can exercise the muscles you use to inhale with Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT).
POWERbreathe IMT is beneficial post-stroke
POWERbreathe IMT is clinically proven Inspiratory Muscle Training. It is a Class 1 Medical Device. POWERbreathe IMT exercises the muscles you use to inhale, your inspiratory muscles. And scientific tests show that it increases inspiratory muscle strength, improves inspiratory stamina and reduces fatigue.
Latest research in poststroke patients
Findings from this new research are that RMT should be considered an effective method of improving respiratory function, inspiratory muscle strength, and exercise tolerance in patients poststroke.