Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT)

POWERbreathe Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) devices are drug-free, evidence-based and clinically proven to benefit patients with conditions affecting the respiratory system and other medical conditions. These include COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis and neuromuscular disease. It is also beneficial when used pre-operatively and post-operatively, as well as, for helping with ventilator weaning.

POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training

POWERbreathe IMT uses resistance training to make the inspiratory muscles work harder to improve strength and stamina, using the tried-and-tested scientifically proven Pressure Threshold training of the Medic and Medic Plus, and the validated electronic Tapered Flow training of the KH-Series.

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POWERbreathe Expiratory Muscle Training

Our POWERbreathe EX1 uses the ‘pressure threshold’ method of breathing training, which is like weightlifting. Patient’s progressively adjust the ‘weight’ lifted to make their training more challenging as their expiratory muscles become stronger.

The typical training protocol for expiratory muscle training is 25 breaths, made up of  5 x exhales, 5 times a day (for 5 days a week) = 5 x 5 x 5.

The POWERbreathe philosophy is for breathing training to be comfortable, manageable, and as effective as possible. That’s why we have created a device for expiratory muscle training, independent of training the inspiratory muscles.

When performed within the same breath cycle, EMT and IMT can impair training responses. This is because the concurrent loading of both breathing phases (EMT and IMT) is uncomfortable and difficult for achieving maximal effort.

Increase Muscle Strength In Tracheostomy Patients

In a randomised trial, the electronic POWERbreathe KH2 IMT device increased MIP in a group of tracheostomy patients.

In this study from KULeuven, Belgium, the measurement validity of the KH2 was analysed against a pulmonary function device (Pocket-Spiro), serving as gold standard, and was found to provide valid estimates of breathing characteristics to quantify the load during inspiratory muscle training in weaning failure patients.

Reduce Length Of Stay In Hospital

Evidence suggests that preoperative IMT is associated with a reduction of postoperative atelectasis, pneumonia, and duration of hospital stay in adults undergoing cardiac and major abdominal surgery.

Further evidence in this clinical trial finds that just five days of preoperative IMT reduces the incidence of postoperative pulmonary complications and duration of postoperative hospitalisation in patients undergoing cardiac surgery.

POWERbreathe IMT is the intervention in the Inspire Study, a large multi-centre, preoperative study in the NHS, investigating whether daily IMT helps to reduce the chances of getting a lung complication after surgery.

POWERbreathe IMT for patients

Clinical research shows the KHP2 has high patient motivation and adherence to training thanks to the on-screen feedback. This immediate feedback produces a high compliance (90%+) and significantly improves breathing muscle strength and stamina.

POWERbreathe IMT provides a practical, self-administered intervention for use in a home setting and could be a useful strategy to improve the functional fitness of obese adults, leading to better preparedness for physical activity.

POWERbreathe respiratory muscle training can be implemented as either a standalone intervention, or as part of a rehabilitation programme and can be used by a patient straight out of the box to use at home.

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