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The POWERbreathe EX1-Wellness is an Expiratory Muscle Training (EMT) device that is drug-free and easy to use. It exercises the expiratory muscles to enhance expiratory muscle structure and function and improve expiratory muscle strength and endurance.
Based on pre-launch feedback from clinical researchers and early adopters in medical and healthcare, the POWERbreathe EX1 Wellness is being recommended for use with patients with compromised breathing, thanks to:
POWERbreathe EMST breathing devices use expiratory pressure threshold loading to exercise the expiratory muscles. This is also the method of breathing training that is used in the POWERbreathe Wellness Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) device. It is also the most widely studied type of breathing training and is now the most used.
The POWERbreathe EX1 EMT – Wellness features an internal, precisely calibrated, adjustable spring that provides the breathing load to the expiratory muscles.
Who Is Expiratory Muscle Training For?
The POWERbreathe EX1 EMT – Wellness device is helpful to patients who need to forcefully empty air from their lungs. It is particularly beneficial for patients with dysphagia and dysarthria, as well as for older adults as they begin to lose muscle strength due to advancing age.
Expiratory muscles are also often recruited in critically ill ventilated patients. Weakness of abdominal expiratory muscles leads to poor cough, and ineffective clearance of secretions from airways, and increases the risk for re-intubation. The four abdominal expiratory muscles that help in weaning, are the rectus abdominis, internal oblique, external oblique, and transversus abdominis.
How Expiratory Muscle Training Works
The POWERbreathe EX1-Medic is a pressure threshold EMT breathing device developed to exercise the expiratory muscles. It uses a one-way, spring-loaded valve to maintain a constant breathing load while the patient exhales through the device. This breathing load is sustained throughout the exhalation, regardless of the patient’s airflow.
The internal, calibrated, spring-loaded valve requires the patient to produce an expiratory pressure sufficient to overcome the threshold load set and open the valve to enable expiration through the device.
When the patient generates enough expiratory power, the one-way valve opens at the set breathing load, allowing exhalation through the device. The spring-loaded valve requires a constant flow of exhalation for the valve to remain open. It’s this that presents a challenge to the expiratory muscles. The valve will then close completely as soon as the pressure is less than the breathing load set.
If, however, the patient is not able to produce enough expiratory force, the spring-loaded, pressure-threshold valve will remain closed, and no air will flow through the device. To rectify this and allow the patient to continue training, the training load can be reduced by using the adjustable external dial.
How To Do Expiratory Muscle Training
The patient will need to generate enough expiratory power in order for the calibrated, spring-loaded one-way valve to open at the set breathing load. This then allows the patient to exhale through the device.
The typical training protocol for expiratory muscle training is 5 x 5 x 5:
When the breathing load starts to feel easy to manage, the load can be increased using the adjustable dial and the expiratory muscle will be challenged once more.
POWERbreathe EX1 Training Diary
After a stroke, patients will often experience an overproduction of saliva as a result of dysphagia, or if the face or lip muscles have been affected.
Using any POWERbreathe EMT breathing training device also produces saliva. This can be alleviated by removing the EX1-Wellness mouthpiece, attaching a POWERbreathe Spacer, and then attaching a POWERbreathe Classic Mouthpiece. This is because stroke patients may find it more difficult to keep a tight seal on the standard mouthpiece provided with the EX1-Wellness EMT device. We have been advised by medical professionals that our POWERbreathe Classic Mouthpiece can help to overcome this problem.
Adjustable Load Setting Range
POWERbreathe EMT devices use cmH2O as the unit of pressure. This is because it is what other, long-established devices use to determine lung health. It is the unit for measuring breathing on ventilators, CPAP and BiPAP machines, as well as, breathing training devices. Having the spring-loaded valve calibrated to increments of cmH2O ensures that the patient’s expiratory muscles will always reach an appropriate training intensity for eliciting benefits, such as improving expiratory muscle strength.
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What's In The Box?
The following items come as standard with every POWERbreathe EX1 EMT – Wellness purchase:
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