Remember, recovery is an important part of the training process and your inspiratory muscles need time to rest and adapt between training sessions, so our recommendation would be 6 hours.
You should breathe in quickly and forcefully through the POWERbreathe (enabling you to ‘lift’ the weight/resistance), and then breathe out naturally as you would normally. Do this 30 times, twice a day. When you feel it getting easier, and you can easily manage the 30 breaths without reaching the point of failure, then increase the resistance a quarter turn. This will be your new training load.
POWERbreathe is not suitable for children under 7 years (due to small parts) and anyone under 16 should only use POWERbreathe under the supervision of an adult.
We advise you not to use your POWERbreathe if you are suffering from a cold, sinusitis or a respiratory tract infection until all symptoms have disappeared.
No, it should not be painful. You should feel resistance to inhaling, but if you feel pain whilst using your POWERbreathe then you should stop and consult your doctor.
The phrase ‘use it or lose it’ applies equally to your inspiratory muscles as it does to any other muscle. If you stop training, your muscles will become weaker again.
No, after 4-6 weeks of regular training your breathing muscles will have improved substantially and you should feel less breathless. At this stage the recommended training regimen of 30 breaths twice a day can be undertaken every other day, to maintain your improved breathing. If you are using POWERbreathe Medic, please follow the advice provided by your consultant.
To be effective you must complete the tried and tested POWERbreathe training regimen of 30 breaths twice per day. If you are using POWERbreathe Medic, please follow the directions prescribed by your consultant.