Will the Shaker also improve lung function similar to POWERbreathe?

The Shaker and POWERbreathe are two different types of devices that do different things. The Shaker is a mucus clearance device, rattling the mucus and catarrh and loosening it from your chest so that you can easily expel it.
POWERbreathe is a training device, training your breathing muscles to become stronger as you increase the resistance that your breathing against. So if you have a medical condition that results in excessive pulmonary secretions, the Shaker is the device you need. If however you have a breathing problem that means your respiratory system is weakened, or you simply want to strengthen it to improve your quality of life or sports performance, then POWERbreathe is the device for this.

What research has been produced to show the Shaker’s effectiveness in comparison to other devices (flutter)?

This is a useful link to a paper comparing the Shaker, Acapella and Flutter devices.

Here are other research papers that use and/or reference the Shaker. They are mostly from Brazil (and in Portuguese but the abstracts are in English) because this is where the product originates from:

Does POWERbreathe increase V02max?

POWERbreathe doesn’t increase VO2 but a result of inspiratory muscle training is that it enables greater blood flow to your other working muscles (legs and arms) so that you can exercise for longer without feeling so fatigued. When your breathing muscles get tired, they can ‘steal’ blood from other exercising limbs to supplement their work, so improving the efficiency of the lungs has the knock-on effect of increasing the performance of your other working muscle groups.

What are the POWERbreathe mouthpieces made of?

PVC (Not made with natural rubber latex or and phthalates). All the mouthpieces for the POWERbreathe units are BPA (Bisphenol-A) free. Please see detail below: 

  • POWERbreathe K-Series mouthpiece: – Material Name: NonP650 (no Pthalate or Bisphenol-A plasticisers)
  • POWERbreathe Classic/Plus mouthpiece: – Material Name: Colorite 6811G-015 (uses DOP plasticiser, no Bisphenol-A)

Please note: Other parts of the POWERbreathe products do contain Bispehnol-A but these parts are not in direct contact with the mouth.

I sometimes get neck strain when using my POWERbreathe – why?

Neck problems are very rare when using POWERbreathe but have been known to occur when breathing against very heavy loads and in people with a history of neck injury e.g. whiplash. Our advice is as follows: 

  • In order to warm-up before training with POWERbreathe, perform a warm-up session mode; alternatively perform 10 breaths set the load to 80% of you normal resistance (e.g. if you normally train at level 5, set the POWERbreathe to level 4). Perform a set of 30 breaths at this level prior to training at your normal intensity. This should help warm-up the muscles in the neck and chest 
  • Now perform your normal set of 30 breaths – try to breathe from the chest and diaphragm, keeping your neck as relaxed as possible. If you are still experiencing discomfort, reduce the load slightly – it is important to take controlled breath as well as pushing yourself. Remember that the same principles apply to POWERbreathe as with any other resistance training 
  • If you perform uncontrolled movements at high intensities then you may be increasing the risk of muscle strain. If the pain continues, we would advise that you consult your doctor or chiropractor as the problem is likely to be due a slight displacement of a vertebrae (of the kind experienced when one gets a ‘crick’ in the neck’) rather than to a muscle strain The load results on the POWERbreathe unit and pressure value on the Breathe-Link IMT suite do not correlate.

Is POWERbreathe suitable for someone with pulmonary fibrosis?

We would strongly recommend you consult with your GP or medical practitioner as you have a medical condition, as we would with anyone that has a medical condition. As the POWERbreathe Medic is available for prescription in the UK, your medical practitioner should be familiar with POWERbreathe inspiratory muscle training and be best to advise you.

Is there a minimum age for using POWERbreathe?

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