POWERbreathe Plus - Light Resistance

4.00 out of 5
(2 customer reviews)
The Plus Light Resistance is ideal for beginners new to the POWERbreathe range. Its ergonomic design, easily adjustable training levels and improved airflow (vs. Classic) offers the most comfortable breathing training experience.
  • Helps increase vitality and improve quality of life
  • 65% improved airflow (vs. Classic) for maximum training effectiveness
  • Ergonomically designed for extra comfort
  • Drug free, see results in 4 weeks
From its comfortable mouthpiece to its simple ergonomic design, the Plus offers a pleasant and effective breathing training experience.

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POWERbreathe Plus is designed to be simple and easy to use. With 11 easily adjustable levels over time you will be able to strengthen your inspiratory breathing muscles. Helping you to increase your stamina and overall wellness.

The POWERbreathe Plus is the second generation of mechanical breathing trainers, and features the following design improvements:

  • Optimised airflow performance to make training more effective
  • Fully integrated, easily adjustable resistance mechanism
  • Easy to read resistance level indicator
  • Ergonomic design with softer, more comfortable mouthpiece

Our scientifically proven training regime of 30 breaths, twice a day typically takes only a few minutes and, used properly, you should start to see the benefits within just a few weeks.

Inspiratory muscle training is proven by sports scientists and medical professionals to exercise and strengthen the muscles used to breathe in.

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.

Precautions:

  • The patient must not make changes to any prescribed medication or prescribed treatment programme without consulting their doctor.
  • POWERbreathe should not be used if the patient is suffering from a ruptured eardrum.
  • To prevent the potential transmission of infections, we recommend that POWERbreathe is not shared with other users, including family members.
  • This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
  • POWERbreathe is designed for exercising the inspiratory muscles only. No other use is intended or implied.
  • Anyone who is under the age of 16 should only use POWERbreathe with supervision from an adult. POWERbreathe contains small parts and is not suitable for children under 7 years.
  • Whilst training with POWERbreathe the patient should feel resistance when inhaling but it should not be painful. If the patient feels pain whilst using POWERbreathe they should stop immediately and consult their doctor.
  • Some users may experience slight ear discomfort when training with POWERbreathe, especially if they are recovering from a cold. This is caused by inadequate equalisation of pressure between the mouth and ears. If symptoms persist, patients should consult their doctor.
  • If a patient is suffering from a cold, sinusitis or respiratory tract infection, we advise that they do not use POWERbreathe until symptoms have disappeared.

Healthcare Professional should take into consideration the following conditions before patients use POWERbreathe:

  1. A history of spontaneous pneumothorax (a collapsed lung that was not due to traumatic injury e.g. broken rib), as it may lead to a recurrence of the condition.
  2. Pulmonary hypertension or large bullae on chest x-ray.
  3. Marked osteoporosis with history of rib fractures.
  4. Desaturation during or following IMT (<94%).

Contraindications

Inspiratory muscle training, such as training with POWERbreathe, is not recommended for patients with certain conditions, including the following:

  • Asthma patients who have low symptom perception and suffer from frequent, severe exacerbations or with an abnormally low perception of dyspnoea
  • If a patient is suffering from a ruptured eardrum or any other condition of the ear
  • Patients with marked elevated left ventricular end-diastolic volume and pressure
  • Patients with worsening heart failure signs and symptoms after RMT / IMT

POWERbreathe Plus Load Selection Range Table

Please note: Heavy resistance is only for those who have reached maximum loading on a medium resistance model. If you start with a heavy resistance model, you will not experience the benefits of POWERbreathe Plus training and may struggle to acheive higher levels due to the faster progression between loads.

Precise load settings may vary 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.

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.

Choose Light Resistance:

  • If you exercise / are physically active for less than 2.5 hours per week and have no breathing problems
  • If you exercise / are physically active for less than 2.5 hours per week and have breathing problems – minor/moderate
  • If you exercise / are physically active for more than 2.5 hours per week and have severe breathing problems

Choose Medium Resistance:

  • If you exercise / are physically active for more than 2.5 hours per week and have no breathing problems
  • If you exercise / are physically active for more than 2.5 hours per week and have some breathing problems that are not severe

Choose Heavy Resistance:

  • Only if you have reached the highest load setting on a POWERbreathe Medium Resistance model first.

Keeping a record of the training level reached and the number of breaths successfully completed per session will help you analyse your progress.

Download your Training Diary >

2 reviews for POWERbreathe Plus – Light Resistance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    I am a very heavy smoker and COPD patient. I started training on the POWERbreathe Plus LR on level 0 but now, one year later, I’ve reached level 9. I’ve noticed the difference during exercise. Even the pulmonary nurse finds a noticeable difference. It’s an amazing and simple thing. It’s worth the money and gives me a better quality of life despite my bad habit. I use it only in the morning, so once a day for a few minutes only.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    hi i started using breatheasy level one on 0 after 2 weeks im on number 2 are my lungs getting stronger thanks danny my son bought it as i have copd

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30 breaths, twice a day

Scientifically proven POWERbreathe IMT regime is for 30 breaths, twice a day.

How to use:

  • Put nose clip on, pushing nostrils together (optional).
  • Holding device, place the mouthpiece in your mouth.
  • Ensure lips cover outer shield to make a seal.
  • Find your starting level (refer to manual).
  • Take a fast, forceful breath in through your mouth.
  • Breathe out slowly and passively.
  • Do this for 30 breaths, twice a day.

POWERbreathe Plus - Frequently Asked Questions

Choose Light Resistance:

  • If you exercise / are physically active for less than 2.5 hours per week and have no breathing problems
  • If you exercise / are physically active for less than 2.5 hours per week and have breathing problems – minor/moderate
  • If you exercise / are physically active for more than 2.5 hours per week and have severe breathing problems

Choose Medium Resistance:

  • If you exercise / are physically active for more than 2.5 hours per week and have no breathing problems
  • If you exercise / are physically active for more than 2.5 hours per week and have some breathing problems that are not severe

Choose Heavy Resistance:

  • Only if you have reached the highest load setting on a POWERbreathe Medium Resistance model first.

The standard unit used to measure breathing resistance is cmH20, which is short for “Centimetres of water“.

This table shows how each device in the Plus series (Light, Medium & Heavy) compares to one another. The levels 0-10 are all manually adjustable on the device at any time, and you should increase the level from 0 through to 10, over time as your breathing strength improves.

 LightMediumHeavy
Level 017cmH2O23cmH2O29cmH2O
Level 125cmH2O39cmH2O53cmH2O
Level 233cmH2O55cmH2O78cmH2O
Level 341cmH2O72cmH2O102cmH2O
Level 449cmH2O88cmH2O127cmH2O
Level 558cmH2O104cmH2O151cmH2O
Level 666cmH2O121cmH2O176cmH2O
Level 774cmH2O137cmH2O200cmH2O
Level 882cmH2O153cmH2O225cmH2O
Level 990cmH2O170cmH2O249cmH2O
Level 1098cmH2O186cmH2O274cmH2O

Centimeters of Water is a unit used to measure pressure on a small scale. It refers to how much pressure is needed to move a 1cm column of water.

If required, there is a much more technical explanation available here:

There are no safety reasons for preventing young children (above 7 years of age) from using POWERbreathe. However, the following factors may affect their ability to use the device effectively: 

  • They must be able to fit the mouthpiece in their mouth. The POWERbreathe Plus mouthpiece is smaller and therefore more suited to children. 
  • They must be old enough to understand how to effectively perform the breathing exercises. 
  • They must have the motivation themselves or the parental encouragement to ensure that they continue to perform the exercises. 
  • They should only use POWERbreathe under the supervision of an adult.

Inspiratory muscle training has been most widely used in patients with COPD. IMT is particularly helpful in this patient group, as they have primary weakness of their inspiratory muscles. 

The following items come as standard with every POWERbreathe Plus purchase:

  1. POWERbreathe Plus IMT device
  2. Mouthpiece (TPE – not made with natural rubber latex or and phthalates)    
  3. Nose clip    
  4. Storage pouch    
  5. 4 cleansing tablets    
  6. Market specific user manual in the principle language of country where the device is purchased e.g. UK & Ireland – English; Spain – Spanish; Japan – Japanese.