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The POWERbreathe K1 is a hand held, electronic inspiratory muscle training device that offers an entry level of breathing training, without any software to deal with.
The K1 simply offers electronic inspiratory muscle training – nothing more; no advanced options or software to deal with.
The K1 stores data of your last training session only.
The POWERbreathe K-Series is the world’s first range of intelligent digital breathing training devices.
The K-Series uses a patented and researched based ‘intelligent tapering system’ that matches the strength profile of your breathing muscles, providing you with the most effective way of training your breathing muscles, compared to conventional methods.
The K-Series devices feature an electronically controlled ‘tapered flow resistance’ that uses a computer controlled rotary valve to create the resistance to your in-breath. As a result of this, resistance is not fixed at the same level throughout your breath (unlike a pressure threshold device), because the device automatically reduces the resistance as you progress through your breath, matching the load to your declining muscle strength.
The tapered flow enables you to perform a longer inspiration and use a wider range of breathing muscles so you achieve higher flow and higher tidal volumes for better results. It achieves this by automatically adapting to increases in your inspiratory muscle strength at the beginning of each training session. What this means is that the training load is highest at the start of your inhalation and then gradually decreases as your lungs fill with air.
During the first two breaths of each training session there is no resistance and you should inhale as quickly and deeply as possible. It’s during these breaths that the K-Series device measures your maximum breathing capability. Training load is then gradually introduced during breaths three and four until full loading is achieved for breath five and onwards. During these breaths you will find it increasingly harder to inhale.
Training measurement results are displayed on the device’s LCD screen, allowing you to monitor training progress and optimise your training technique.
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Precautions & Contraindications
POWERbreathe is drug free, suitable for almost anyone and should cause no harmful side effects when used properly. Please read the following precautions and contraindications to ensure that POWERbreathe is used safely and appropriately.
Healthcare Professional should take into consideration the following conditions before patients use POWERbreathe:
Inspiratory muscle training, such as training with POWERbreathe, is not recommended for patients with certain conditions, including the following:
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What is auto-optimising technology?
The K-Series automatically estimates your training load at the beginning of every training session. Using this method, the device will adjust the training load every time you start a new session and as the strength of your inspiratory muscles increases. Automatic setup of this load takes place during the first two breaths of each training session.
Have measurements been independently validated?
This study concluded that the K-Series device “provides automatically processed and valid estimates of physical units of energy during loaded breathing tasks…”
Measurement validity of an electronic inspiratory loading device during a loaded breathing task in patients with COPD
This study suggests that S-Index might be more appropriate for measuring inspiratory muscle performance than the currently most used test, PImax…
Assessment of Maximum Dynamic Inspiratory Pressure
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