Health and Lifestyle Research

Research and scientific articles that have shown the efficacy of POWERbreathe and IMT for improved health and lifestyle.

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  • Smokers lungs work better after POWERbreathe IMT

    This new study investigates the effects of inspiratory muscle training (IMT) on smokers and non-smokers. Researc...

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  • Lower Blood Pressure with POWERbreathe IMT

    The University of Colorado Boulder is using the POWERbreathe K-Series in their in...

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  • Hospitalised Patients Benefit from POWERbreathe IMT

    A new clinical trial in Brazil has found that POWERbreathe IMT improves inspiratory muscle strength and shortens the length of stay in hospitalised patients.


    The aim of this double-blind randomised controlled trial is to assess the impact of IMT on hospitalised patients. IMT st...

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  • IMT associated with Improved Inspiratory Muscle Strength in Fontan Circulation patients

    Like other forms of heart failure, low cardiac output and raised central venous pressure is what characterises the Fontan Circulation. However unlike other forms of heart failure, in Fontan circulation patients the primary limitation is absence of a subpulmonary ventricle.

    Affects of Fontan ...
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  • Heart Transplant Patient Represents Country in Triathlon

    After years of waiting, Patricia Fonseca from Brazil has undergone a heart transplant. And after several months of recovery Patricia represented her country at the

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  • Post-stroke exercise tolerance improves after RMT

    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 aft...

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  • Improve quality of life in children with Cystic Fibrosis

    The Pulmocardio Fisioterapia clinic in Brazil are working with children with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) to help improve their quality of life. They are offering children breathing assessments and breat...

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  • POWERbreathe Medic helps patients with breathing problems AND saves NHS money and resources

    Health bosses announced back in October 2014 that the NHS in England needed extra money and an overhaul to services in order for patient care not to suffer.

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  • Low Back Pain

    After 8 wk of high IMT, individuals with LBP showed an increased reliance on back proprioceptive signals during postural control and improved inspiratory muscle strength and severity of LBP, not seen after low IMT. Hence, IMT may facilitate the proprioceptive involvement of the trunk in postural ...

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  • Hiatus Hernia

    This study’s goal was to verify whether Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) improves esophagogastric junction (EGJ) motility and gastroesophageal reflux (GER). In conclusion it showed that IMT improved EGJ pressure, reduced GER proximal progression, and GERD symptoms. Some GERD patients have a CD...

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  • Chronic Hemodialysis

    A study concluded that, following Specific Inspiratory Muscle Training (SIMT), inspiratory muscle performance improved significantly and was associated with improved functional capacity, but not in the control group. We conclude that patients with chronic renal failure undergoing maintenance hemo...

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  • Bronchiectasis

    A study concluded that pulmonary rehabilitation is effective in improving exercise tolerance in bronchiectasis but there is no additional advantage of simultaneous Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT). IMT may, however, be important in the longevity of the training effects1.

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  • Myasthenia Gravis

    A study concluded that the partial home program of interval-based Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) associated with breathing retraining (BR) is feasible and effective in patients with generalized Myasthenia gravis. Improvements in respiratory muscle strength, chest wall mobility, respiratory pat...

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  • Tetraplegia

    A case report evaluated the effect of a year-long respiratory intervention, which included inspiratory muscle training and positive expiratory pressure therapy, for a person with C3-C4 tetraplegia. The intervention improved both inspiratory muscle force and pulmonary function values. Respiratory ...

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  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

    A study concluded that specific Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) improves respiratory muscle endurance in Duchenne muscular dystrophy and the effectiveness of training appears to be dependent on the quantity of training1.

    Another study concluded that a specific inspiratory muscle training...

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  • Inspiratory Stridor

    A study showed that Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) is a suitable cost-effective intervention for athletes who present with inspiratory stridor1.


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  • Chronic Pulmonary Hypertension

    A study indicated that respiratory and physical training could be a promising adjunct to medical treatment in severe pulmonary hypertension. The effects add to the beneficial results of modern medical treatment1.

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  • Restrictive Thoracic Disease

    A study concluded: In patients with restrictive thoracic disorders and noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation (NPPV), Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) improved inspiratory muscle strength. Exercise performance and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) were improved when the 2 groups were com...

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  • Post-Op Pulmonary Complications

    A study concluded that preoperative Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) reduced the incidence of Postoperative pulmonary complications and duration of postoperative hospitalization in patients at high risk of developing a pulmonary complication undergoing CABG surgery1.

    Another study conclud...

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  • Multiple Sclerosis

    A study 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 o...

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  • Muscular Dystrophy

    A study concluded that respiratory muscle strength is enhanced by training in the patients with muscular dystrophy who are ambulatory, but inspiratory and/or expiratory training effect is specific to the trained muscles. The techniques that improve the strength of respiratory muscles should be in...

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  • Spinal Cord Injury

    A study concluded Resistive Inspiratory Muscle Training (RIMT) can improve ventilatory function, respiratory endurance, and the perceived difficulty of breathing in patients with complete cervical spinal cord injury within half a year after trauma1.

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  • Prior-Polio

    A study concluded that Inspiratory Muscle Training and close supervision can increase respiratory muscle endurance and improve well-being in patients with prior polio who use part-time assisted ventilation1.


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  • Parkinson’s Disease

    A study concluded that inspiratory muscle performance may be improved by specific Inspiratory Muscle Training in patients with Parkinson’s Disease. This improvement is associated with a significant decrease in their perception of dyspnoea (difficult or laboured breathing; shortness of breath)1....

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  • Neuromuscular Disease

    One study concluded: Inspiratory Muscle Training may potentially strengthen the inspiratory muscles and slow the decline in respiratory function in patients with ALS/MND1.

    And another study concluded: With Inspiratory Muscle Training, respiratory muscle function can be improved in the long...

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  • Heart Failure and Heart Disease

    A study concluded that Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) using an incremental endurance test, successfully increases both inspiratory strength and endurance, alleviates dyspnea and improves functional status in chronic heart failure1.

    Another study concluded that in patients with chronic h...

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  • Breathing Effort in other Medical Conditions 

    Any condition that prevents normal physical activity can lead to inspiratory muscle weakness, and in addition to asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (

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  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    'Breathing Training Improves Sleep And Cardiovascular Health In Obstructive Sleep Apnea'

    “Unfortunately, the gold-standard of treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), has discouraging compliance rates. Here, we report on inspiratory muscle ...

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  • Abdominal Surgery

    'Pre-Operative IMT Preserves Postoperative Inspiratory Muscle Strength Following Major Abdominal Surgery'

    “The aim of this pilot study was to assess the effect of pre-operative inspiratory muscle training (IMT) on respiratory variables in patients undergoing major abdominal surgery.”

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  • Type 2 Diabetes

    'Inspiratory Muscle Training In Type 2 Diabetes With Inspiratory Muscle Weakness'

    “Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus may present weakness of the inspiratory muscles. This study tested the hypothesis that inspiratory muscle training (IMT) could improve inspiratory muscle strength, pu...

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  • Lung Cancer Surgery

    'Respiratory Muscle Strength, Functional Capacity and Subjective Outcome - Effects of IMT After Lung Cancer Surgery'

    “The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of postoperative inspiratory muscle training on the recovery of respiratory muscle strength in high risk patients ref...

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  • Effect of feedback RMT on pulmonary function in children with cerebral palsy

    Clinical Rehabilitation published online a study abstract, the objective for which was ‘to investigate the effect of respiratory training on pulmonary fu...

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