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The POWERbreathe K4 offers a professional level of breathing training, testing and monitoring that also has the ability to connect to a less exhaustive version of the K5 Breathe-Link Live feedback software.
The POWERbreathe K4 has on board memory that can store up-to 36 sessions of the most important biofeedback markers – Load (cmH 2 O); Power (Watts); Volume (Litres); Flow (Litres/second); Energy (Joules) – to help you keep track and monitor your training progress, in an easy-to-understand historical graphical display.
On the go testing feature allows you to easily test the strength of the breathing muscles (S-Index) and use this to monitor strength improvements.
The K4 allows up to 10 user profiles and 1200 stored sessions per user, making it an essential biofeedback tool for teams and coaches, as well as, individuals.
Measures inspiratory muscle strength, peak inspiratory flow rate and inhaled volume in a single breath
Detailed, simultaneous plotting and analysis of all inspiratory muscle training data.
Create and upload your own personalised breathing training sessions.
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.
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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Precautions & Contraindications
POWERbreathe IMT breathing training 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 IMT is used safely and appropriately. You must always consult your healthcare professional before embarking on any new form of exercise and this includes POWERbreathe breathing training.
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?
Can more than one person use the same device?
For hygiene reasons, we recommend that users do not share the same valve head and mouthpiece. However, additional additional valve heads with mouthpiece are available for all K-Series models.
Does my K-Series model ever need re-calibrating for maintaining accuracy?
It really varies based on the user e.g. trainer, private individual, as well as personal needs.
We offer a calibration service to meet the needs of the respective groups. Individuals may wish to have this service for peace of mind in the knowledge that their device is functioning correctly. However, due to calibration being a chargeable service, you may choose not to.
What is the Breathe-Link software compatibility?
NB: The K4 and K5 Breathe-Link software is NOT yet compatible with macOS Big Sur 11.01
Software is PC compatible (except for Windows 10 S for which it is not compatible). It is also MAC compatible, working on the following MAC OS. Mac software will only work for x86_64 bit architecture.
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