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History of POWERbreathe

History of POWERbreathe

1996 – The Journey Begins In 1996 leading Sports Scientists at Loughborough University (England, UK) recognised that breathing not only presents a limitation to athletes but also impacts on the exercise tolerance in patients with respiratory illness and healthy people. Pioneering research was undertaken by the group with positive outcomes resulting in the initial product

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Effects of High-Intensity IMT Following a Near-Fatal Gunshot Wound

CASE STUDY Effects of High-Intensity Inspiratory Muscle Training Following a Near-Fatal Gunshot Wound Description: A man who sustained a gunshot wound (via the left axilla which exited from the right side of the abdomen) during armed combat left him with severe thoracic and abdominal injuries. After five months he still reported severe dyspnoea on exertion

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Effects of IMT and Calisthenics-and-Breathing Exercises in COPD

STUDY: Effects of Inspiratory Muscle Training and Calisthenics-and-Breathing Exercises in COPD With and Without Respiratory Muscle Weakness. Published in Respiratory Care (Nov 10 2015), the aim of this study was to “compare the effects of inspiratory muscle training and calisthenics-and-breathing exercises associated with physical training in subjects with COPD as an additional benefit of strength

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Causes Of Inspiratory Muscle Weakness

Weak inspiratory muscles can be the result of a number of causes, including disease, but the amount of ‘exercise’ they receive has a huge influence upon their condition. We use the phrase ‘use it or lose it’ to describe the best way to off-set problems that come with ageing, such as completing crosswords to keep

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Systematic Review of IMT After Cerebrovascular Accident

SYSTEMATIC REVIEW Systematic Review of Inspiratory Muscle Training After Cerebrovascular Accident Martín-Valero R, De La Casa Almeida M, Casuso-Holgado MJ, Heredia-Madrazo A. The objective of this Systematic Review, published in Respiratory Care (November 2015), was to “examine levels of evidence and recommendation grades of various therapeutic interventions of inspiratory muscle training in people who have

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Benefits Of Inspiratory Only vs Inspiratory And Expiratory Muscle Training

With research papers and meta-analyses having shown the scientific benefits of training your inspiratory muscles with POWERbreathe for fitness and sports, health and lifestyle and medical issues related to breathing problems, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to think then that training your expiratory muscles as well would be better still. Research to date however

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Preoperative IMT for postoperative pulmonary complications

Intervention Review Preoperative IMT for postoperative pulmonary complications in adults undergoing cardiac and major abdominal surgery The objective of this Intervention Review from the Editorial Group: Cochrane Anaesthesia, Critical, and Emergency Care Group, was to assess how effective Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) proved to be in adults with postoperative pulmonary complications (PPCs) undergoing cardiac or major

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How The Inspiratory Muscles Contribute To The Breathing Process

How The Inspiratory Muscles Contribute To The Breathing Process

The diaphragm and chest wall muscles act together like a bellows to pump air in and out of the chest. To breathe in these muscles contract to expand the chest cavity, causing a pressure drop into which the air flows. To breathe out, you simply relax these ‘inspiratory’ muscles and the chest springs back forcing

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Track running induces inspiratory muscle fatigue in trained runners

A study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (September 26th 2015) tested the hypothesis that short-duration running exercise would induce Inspiratory Muscle Fatigue (IMF) which may limit performance. This follows studies that found IMF occurs after short-duration swimming exercise. Eight female middle-distance runners were the subjects of this study which found that

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Asthma In Older Women

Physician’s Weekly recently reported that older women are more likely to report having asthma than older men, and also have a 30% higher asthma-related mortality rate. To discover why, Dr. Alan P. Baptist (MD,MPH) conducted a literature review in which he found data suggesting that hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle often play a large

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