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.
We’d recommend speaking to your GP about this because a hernia may be exacerbated by POWERbreathe training.
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. The rationale is particularly strong in this patient group, as they have primary weakness of their inspiratory muscles.