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The POWERbreathe Medic is our manually adjustable Inspiratory Muscle Training device that is approved for prescription in the UK by the NHS. It received approval after being rigorously assessed for clinical evidence, patient compliance and financial savings. It is drug-free with no side effects or drug interactions and clinically proven to alleviate breathlessness. It offers resistance to breathing in that is created by the adjustable spring-loaded valve.
This ‘load’ training is similar to weightlifting, and in the instance of the POWERbreathe Medic, provides an introductory level of load setting (weight lifted) in increments, from 10cmH2O to 90cmH2O. The range between each training level is quite small which means that as your breathing muscles become stronger and you move up one of the training levels by increasing the resistance, this small increase in cmH2O makes it more manageable.
The POWERbreathe Medic IMT device offers an evidence-based, drug-free treatment for patients in a variety of medical conditions such as COPD, heart failure, asthma, thoracic surgery, ventilator weaning, cystic fibrosis and neuromuscular disease.
The Medic has been taken up 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, 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.
After 20 months of rigorous assessment, the POWERbreathe Medic was made available in the UK for prescription in the National Health Service (NHS) Drug Tariff: PIP 232-1040.
As well as being made available to patients on prescription, the POWERbreathe Medic is also available via pharmacy retail.
Benefits to Patients
These benefits were the findings of trials and research in which the original POWERbreathe Medic was the intervention used.
Download the POWERbreathe Medic Training Diary >
Adjustable Load Setting Range
(Precise load settings may vary)
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:
Declaration of Conformity
Vanessa Potter – February 3, 2021
Review submitted by Shaun Wray via email with full content published here: https://www.powerbreathe.com/2021/02/03/does-powerbreathe-really-work-reviewed-shaun-wray/
Vanessa Potter – February 2, 2021
Comment submitted from P. Harris via new order: I have been using an original one I got on prescription for years. I know the difference they make!
Emma Hamilton, West Cumbria Respiratory Team – July 31, 2019
Our patients have found it to be of great benefit We have been using the POWERbreathe Medic for over a year as part of the pulmonary rehab programme and our patients have found it to be of great benefit and enjoy using it. We have good compliance and have found an improvement in patients’ fitness. We will continue to use the POWERbreathe Medic as an adjunct to our programme. Emma Hamilton, West Cumbria Respiratory Team, Workington Community Hospital.
L Bywater – July 22, 2018
After only a couple of weeks I found a positive difference On the up and up! I have now had my POWERbreathe for six weeks, I planned to see what the effects would be after then, but after only a couple of weeks I found a positive difference. My breathing was a lot better, easier and deeper, and I felt more confident and stronger, and found I did not need to carry my blue inhaler around with me. Working with my asthma nurse, (who had not heard of POWERbreathe) I still use my medication for the asthma I developed some ten years ago. I have always been active and do mountaineering, biking and the like, and still continue to do so. So it was baffling to find my condition was starting to bother me at times, while at rest. I use the red POWERbreathe Sport, now on my seventh week, after starting on the zero setting, now on 1.75. My peak flow readings are now averaging out at a higher reading than when I started, although technique using this is a bit iffy. All in all, after using POWERbreathe I feel very positive and I am only at the beginning.
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