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The POWERbreathe Medic Plus helps to improve the breathing strength and stamina in those who have very weak breathing muscles as a result of illness, post-hospitalization, or an existing respiratory health condition, such as COPD or asthma.
The POWERbreathe Medic Plus offers the lowest and lightest starting ‘load’ (weight) of all our devices (except for the K-Series), at 9cmH2O (or 1cmH2O without the internal spring).
This ‘load’ training is similar to weightlifting, and in the instance of the POWERbreathe Plus Medic device, provides the lightest level of resistance setting (weight lifted) in increments, from 9cmH2O (or 1cmH2O without the internal spring) to 78cmH2O. The range between each training level is smaller than the POWERbreathe Medic. This makes it ideal for patients who have severe breathing difficulties.
The Medic Plus offers the lowest entry level load of any threshold IMT device currently available.
The Medic Plus is used by medical professionals as an adjunct to pharmacological treatments. It can be used as a standalone therapy or in conjunction with pulmonary rehabilitation, with or without supervision, and can be easily used straight out of the box.
Respiratory muscle weakness is inherent in various patient groups and a major contributor to the perception of difficult or laboured breathing (dyspnoea). However, when the inspiratory muscles are ‘overloaded’ regularly using the Medic Plus, they adapt and become stronger and more resistant to fatigue. Activating stronger inspiratory muscles requires less effort during a given task, reducing dyspnoea. This has been shown to improve exercise tolerance and quality of life, particularly in patients with COPD.
Benefits to Patients
These benefits were the findings of trials and research in which the original POWERbreathe Medic was the intervention used.
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Adjustable Load Setting Range
Note: A load of 3cmH2O can be achieved by removing the spring and replacing the valve assembly for training (see page 10 & 11, diagram 1 – 5). In addition, a load of 1 cm H20 can be achieved when the complete valve assembly is removed and the POWERbreathe breathing indicator ball is installed (see page 10 & 11, diagram 6).
All values are at a flow rate of 1 litre a Second, consistent with other POWERbreathe models.
Precise load settings may vary marginally due to: (1) the analogue nature of the calibrated spring tensioner and the precision with which the load is selected; (2) a small effect of inspiratory flow rate upon spring compression such that high inspiratory flow rates lead to greater spring compression, and a small increase in load (Caine & McConnell, 2000). This effect is common to all spring loaded devices, and its size is magnified by increasing spring range (it is larger in a spring with a maximum range of 90cmH2O compared with one with half this range), it is also greater at lower absolute load settings (Caine & McConnell, 2000). Caine MP & McConnell AK. (2000). Development and evaluation of a pressure threshold inspiratory muscle trainer for use in the context of sports performance. Journal of Sports Engineering 3, 149-159.
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:
What's In The Box?
The following items come as standard with every POWERbreathe Medic Plus purchase:
Declaration of Conformity
Vanessa Potter – June 23, 2020
Gosh what an experience you’ve had with COVID-19 Gary! Thank you so much for sharing your feedback of training with the POWERbreathe Medic Plus to improve your breathing muscle strength and stamina. We’re so pleased that it’s helped you get back into your cycling again – and back to work. It’s the device combined with your perseverance of use that’s got you where you are, because you could have easily given up when it felt too hard. Like all training, it’s not meant to be easy, but sticking to the scientifically proven training regimen is what’s made the difference, so well done, and stick with it. We wish you a full recovery.
Gary Thornton – June 22, 2020
I am a frontline NHS Paramedic working for the Ambulance Service and recently contracted COVID 19 whilst working . I was hospitalised and the Pneumonia affected my breathing so much I would suffer increased shortness of breath on exertion. Unable to exercise at the start without difficulty I wanted to find a way to improve my fitness . I researched and came across Powerbreathe . I contacted them and explained my history and they sent me advice on what products would be best. They also provided me with excellent research surrounding the benefits . I found it hard to use at the beginning , but kept at it twice daily. I must say my recovery has been a long slow process but feel using this has speeded it up greatly. My breathing has improved so much, I have gone from only managing a couple of miles on a bicycle to now 20 miles . I have now been able to return to work , and have been passing on positive recommendations to Asthma and COPD patients I have been treating . If you suffer from any breathing problems give this company consideration. There are cheaper alternative products around, but all I can say is my Medic pro plus unit does the job and I will be continuing to use it daily .
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