GB Boccia on road to Rio after POWERbreathe training

Members of Team GB Boccia, including Britain’s most successful Boccia player Nigel Murray MBE (above), are using POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training in preparation for Rio.

Boccia players use POWERbreathe IMT

GB Olympic Boccia Team Physio’s decided to introduce POWERbreathe IMT to their TeamGB in 2014. They have been training with it ever since. The team are using POWERbreathe to help them with their breathing in general. Wheelchair athletes will find breathing an added challenge. Players representing ParalympicsGB at Rio 2016 are David Smith, Josh Rowe, Nigel Murray MBE, Claire Taggart, Patrick Wilson, Scott McCowan, Jamie McCowan, Kieran Steer, Stephen McGuire and Evie Edwards.

British Paralympian uses POWERbreathe IMT

Nigel Murray is the winner of two gold medals, silver and bronze in the 2000, 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games. He is also a local to our area, living in Royal Leamington Spa. And because Nigel lives locally we were very proud to welcome him to our office recently. We will be posting photos taken during Nigel’s visit on our POWERbreathe Facebook page. As you will see, we are all in awe of this medal winner! And Nigel very generously let us handle the medals which we very reluctantly handed back.

How POWERbreathe IMT will be helping

Boccia England are using POWERbreathe IMT to help inflate their lungs fully. It will also assist in putting their breathing muscles and chest wall through a beneficial range of movement and enable their rib cage to expand to its greatest. Team members are also using POWERbreathe for improving core trunk strength and posture. All of this will improve their performance.

Improving Boccia team’s breathing

Earlier in August we met up with the GB Boccia team at the Surrey Performance Centre. We were there to see how they were progressing with their breathing training. This is the last quarterly test of their breathing before they set off for Rio. We had a meeting with Physiotherapist Bob Smith and Chris Wagg, Performance Scientist at EIS. We were also able to catch up with members of the GB Squad. Chris has been recording all breathing data in his own, specifically tailored spreadsheet. He’ll be using this to analyse breathing improvements. The great news is that their results all show that they’re improving. All their areas of breathing, including Power, Volume and Flow Rate were improving. Everyone was delighted with this progress, including Senior Physiotherapist at English Institute of Sport, Dawn Ibrahim.

How GB Boccia are taking training up a notch

POWERbreathe IMT is being used in sport-specific scenarios in other sports. The Boccia team are also developing their own exercises. They are starting to use their POWERbreathe IMT with resistance bands. This combined training will help them develop core strength and improve stability. POWERbreathe IMT is now an important part of their training.

GB Boccia uses POWERbreathe K-Series & Plus

Twenty TeamGB members are using their POWERbreathe Plus for daily training. Their coach is using the POWERbreathe K5 with Breath-Link Live Feedback Software to test and review their progress. The K5 is perfect for this as it is able to store 1200 sessions per user. And it will store a maximum of 30 users.

What next for Boccia

The Boccia team are so pleased with their breathing improvements that they have recommended POWERbreathe IMT to Paralympic Archery and GB Gymnastics. We are very grateful to them. Boccia will be held in Riocentro, in the Barra district of Rio de Janeiro at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in September. It will include a maximum of 104 athletes who will be competing in seven events. We wish our Boccia Team GB good luck for another successful games. Obviously we will be following GB Boccia with great interest and pride. Good luck to everyone!

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POWERbreathe Medic helps patients with breathing problems AND saves NHS money and resources

Health bosses announced back in October 2014 that the NHS in England needed extra money and an overhaul to services in order for patient care not to suffer.

When it comes to respiratory care the NHS could save both money and resources if they prescribed POWERbreathe Medic Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) for patients with medical conditions such as COPD, Heart Failure, Asthma, Thoracic Surgery, Ventilator Weaning, Cystic Fibrosis and Neuromuscular Disease.

In a 2005 study of the benefits of a 12-month programme of POWERbreathe RMT, researchers observed significant reductions in the use of healthcare resources.1

POWERbreathe RMT for COPD

Accordingly to Professor Peter Calverley (Lung Report III. British Lung Foundation), in the average PCT serving 250,000 people, there would be 14,200 GP consultations per year for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and 9,600 inpatient bed days. Reducing length of hospital stay is an NHS productivity indicator.

POWERbreathe reduced hospital bed days by 29% and GP consultations by 23% compared with placebo (see table above).

POWERbreathe RMT for Asthma

In another study, Weiner et al2 observed an 86% reduction in hospitalisations/emergency room visits following respiratory muscle training in moderate/severe asthmatics (from 1.4 to 0.2 per 3 months per patient).

And in three separate studies, Weiner et al. observed an average 51% reduction in β2-agonist consumption (from 3.9 to 1.6 puffs per day)2,3,4 after respiratory muscle training, and in one study3, corticosteroid use decreased ~80%.

How POWERbreathe Medic could save NHS money & resources

In 2005 when this study was conducted, the total potential annual savings derived from POWERbreathe Medic prescription per average PCT due to reduced hospital bed days and medication consumption (not including savings due to reduction in GP consultations) were substantial.

The POWERbreathe Medic offers an evidence-based, drug-free treatment for patients with medical conditions such as COPD, Heart Failure, Asthma, Thoracic Surgery, Ventilator Weaning, Cystic Fibrosis and Neuromuscular Disease. It is the only Inspiratory Muscle Training device for RMT available for prescription that has been used in research into the benefits of IMT for a variety of medical conditions and prescribed by medical professionals as either a standalone intervention or as part of a rehabilitation programme.

For respiratory care professionals there is a POWERbreathe Medic Try-Before-You-Prescribe demonstration kit; an educational tool designed to help healthcare professionals and patients understand and experience the effect POWERbreathe Medic has on the respiratory muscles.

Since the approval of the POWERbreathe Medic for prescription in 2006, POWERbreathe has introduced the revolutionary, electronic POWERbreathe KH1, intended for use by healthcare professionals for respiratory muscle training and assessment in patients with dyspnoea, including patients with asthma, COPD, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, heart disease, neuromuscular disease, Parkinson’s disease and spinal injury.

The POWERbreathe KH1 is also suitable for use with disposable TrySafe filters and can be used bedside, on the ward, as part of a pulmonary program, or for single patient use at home under medical supervision.

Launched after the POWERbreathe Medic, following the latest technological advances in research and design, is the next generation POWERbreathe Medic: the POWERbreathe Medic Plus for patients to use at home, straight out of the box, with improved airflow dynamics and a more comfortable user experience. And for healthcare professionals (and their patients), is the new POWERbreathe KH2 with Breathe-Link Medic Live Feedback Software.


  1. Beckerman M, Magadle R, Weiner M, Weiner P. The effects of 1 year of specific inspiratory muscle training in patients with COPD. Chest. 2005 Nov;128(5):3177-82.
  2. Weiner P, Azgad Y, Ganam R, Weiner M. Inspiratory muscle training in patients with bronchial asthma. Chest. 1992;102(5):1357-61.
  3. Weiner P, Berar-Yanay N, Davidovich A, Magadle R, Weiner M. Specific inspiratory muscle training in patients with mild asthma with high consumption of inhaled beta(2)-agonists. Chest. 2000;117(3):722-7.
  4. Weiner P, Magadle R, Massarwa F, Beckerman M, Berar-Yanay N. Influence of gender and inspiratory muscle training on the perception of dyspnea in patients with asthma. Chest. 2002;122(1):197-201.

New POWERbreathe Website – Medical, for Healthcare Professionals

As mentioned in our previous blog, the POWERbreathe website underwent a redesign in order to fulfil the requirements that our visitors have been expressing. It now clearly directs visitors to the area that interests them the most, and for healthcare professionals, this would be the Medical site.

This area of the website has been developed for licensed and practicing healthcare professionals only as an educational knowledge base that supplements and draws upon the professional training, experience, and knowledge of such healthcare professionals.

To gain access to this Medical area of the site, healthcare professionals must first ‘Sign up for access’. We’re able then to authorise your request enabling you to log in and access all areas.

The most beneficial feature of the new Medical site for healthcare professionals is ‘Knowledge Base’ where you’ll find essential reading about:


Links to research behind the rigorous assessment that led to POWERbreathe Medic being made available for prescription on the NHS.

IMT/RMT Trials & Research

Links to evidence finding that the condition of the inspiratory muscles is impaired, as well as, studies showing that RMT is helpful, expert reviews of RMT and links to clinical trials.

POWERbreathe In Research

POWERbreathe was the inspiratory muscle training device of choice used in numerous research and here you will find links to that research.

Medical Conditions

Links to research papers, original studies and review articles that show Inspiratory Muscle Training is beneficial for medical conditions.
To help keep you up-to-date with new research and with what others are researching, we’ve also included tabs for the ‘Latest’ and the most ‘Popular’ research.

Compare Devices

This feature allows you to see at a glance the features of each POWERbreathe medical device, from the original POWERbreathe Medic Classic available for prescription in the UK, to the later ergonomically designed Medic Plus for adult and paediatric use, to the KH1 high performance electronic respiratory training model and the new KH2 electronic respiratory training and assessment model with Medic Live Feedback Software.

New POWERbreathe Website

We are pleased to announce the launch of our newly developed website.

The website underwent a redesign in order to fulfil the requirements that our visitors have been expressing. It now clearly directs visitors to the area that interests them the most:

Here are just a few new features of the site:

Evidence that POWERbreathe IMT is beneficial

There is now a Knowledge Base of research relating to Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) for Fitness & Sports and for Health & Lifestyle.

You will be able to quickly view the very ‘Latest’ research added to the website, and the most ‘Popular’ research being viewed.

Search for products and articles

We have introduced a more advanced main search. Using Search in the top navigation will return results for both ‘Product Results’ and ‘Article Results’. You may switch between the two by clicking on each Results button.

We help you choose the right model for you

POWERbreathe Devices is a new menu option that’s been developed to assist you when choosing which POWERbreathe model is right for you. Based upon your answers to a couple of questions, the less suitable models will be filtered out and you will be presented with the model/s deemed to be the most appropriate for you.

Medical – for Healthcare Professionals

This area of the website is for licensed and practicing healthcare professionals only. It is an educational knowledge base that supplements and draws upon the professional training, experience, and knowledge of such healthcare professionals, and we will talk more about this in our next blog.

Christmas Delivery 2015

Christmas 2015 Delivery

To try and ensure delivery in time for Christmas, we suggest you place your order before:

  • Monday 21st December

We cannot guarantee that orders placed after 21st December will be delivered in time for Christmas.

Our offices will be closed:

  • 24th December 2015 – 3rd January 2016 inclusive

We are closed on Christmas Eve and will reopen 4th January 2016. We will not be despatching any goods during that period and will be unavailable for enquiries. We will however attend to all outstanding issues immediately upon our return.

Thank you for your support throughout 2015 – Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year!

POWERbreathe To Launch New Website

POWERbreathe will be inviting visitors to explore its new website towards the end of November 2015.

The new website will not only provide a simpler user experience, enabling visitors to quickly compare and find the most suitable model of POWERbreathe, but it also addresses navigation and functionality that will allow visitors to access as much or as little information as they need.

Key features of the new site will include a cleaner design to ensure the site will be compatible with today’s browsers and mobile devices, a more engaging user experience and an enhanced search.

The website will be divided into three sections: Fitness & Sports; Health & Lifestyle; Medical – for Medical Professionals only.

The new website has been designed in collaboration with you, our customers, as a result of your valuable feedback, making it not only rich in information, but also an easy-to-use e-commerce store and resource, and a Knowledge Base for medical professionals.

We will continue to bring you updates on the progress of the new site, but in the meantime we have included a glimpse of what it will look like (above). We hope you like it.

POWERbreathe Meet Physios At The London Clinic

POWERbreathe popped in to meet up with new members of the physiotherapy team at The London Clinic (23rd July). The London Clinic is one of the UK’s largest private hospitals, dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with a breadth of surgical and medical expertise.

We presented POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training to 10 new members of the team and to their clinical specialist, respiratory physiotherapist, Anne Pitman.

The physiotherapy team already use the POWERbreathe K5 with Breathe-Link Live Feedback Software to test and monitor breathing parameters in patients, and then patients use their own POWERbreathe Plus device for breathing training at home.

We provided training to the new physiotherapists on how to utilise the analysis from the POWERbreathe K5 Breathe-Link Software results for the initial set-up of each patient’s own POWERbreathe Plus device. The physios took a turn using the POWERbreathe K5 to help them understand how Inspiratory Muscle Training worked, what it felt like, how to perform the training properly, what breathing parameters it registered, and how this data can help in prescribing a breathing training program that’s bespoke for each patient.

We’d like to thank the team at The London Clinic for their time and kind hospitality.

Cleaning Your POWERbreathe

We receive many enquiries from users asking how best to clean their POWERbreathe, so in addition to responding to each person, we thought it might be helpful to compose a short blog about the care and maintenance of your POWERbreathe…

In the user manual that will have accompanied your POWERbreathe, there is a section about Care and Maintenance, and this is where you’ll find cleaning instructions. However, if you have mislaid your user manual you can find some very helpful videos on our POWERbreatheUK YouTube channel in our Playlist: POWERbreathe Instructional Videos

Chapter 4 – Maintenance, will show you how to clean your POWERbreathe.

Why clean your POWERbreathe?

Because you are breathing in through your POWERbreathe it will be exposed to saliva during use and you’ll need to flush this out in order to keep it hygienic and in good working order.

How to clean your POWERbreathe – Classic and Plus Series Only

1. Your POWERbreathe is NOT suitable for sterilisation by boiling, steam, microwave or oven and must not be washed in a dishwasher.

2. A few times a week, soak your entire POWERbreathe unit, including mouthpiece, in warm water for about 10-minutes and then rinse it under warm, running water, paying particular attention to the mouthpiece. Shake off excess water and leave it on a clean towel to air dry.

3. Once a week perform the same procedure as above but use a POWERbreathe Cleansing Tablet in the bowl of water. Again, after soaking it for 10-minutes, rinse out the mild solution by holding the device under warm running water so that the water runs through it, rinsing away any remaining solution. Pay particular attention to rinsing the mouthpiece. Shake off excess water and leave it on a clean towel to air dry.

If further cleaning is necessary (perhaps regular cleaning has lapsed and your POWERbreathe feels as though it’s ‘sticking’), then you can disassemble your POWERbreathe into its component parts and then clean as above.

Our video, POWERbreathe Classic and Plus – What’s in the box demonstrates how you should disassemble each unit for cleaning purposes, and then how to assemble it again, ready for use.

How to clean your POWERbreathe – K-Series Only

1. Your POWERbreathe is NOT suitable for sterilisation by boiling, steam, microwave or oven and must not be washed in a dishwasher.

2. The only part that needs cleaning on your K-Series is the removable valve head and mouthpiece, which is subjected to saliva. You must NOT submerge the entire K-Series model into water, as it is an electronic device and does not need to be sterilised as it doesn’t retain saliva.

We hope this has been helpful, and if there is anything in particular you would like instruction on, then we’re happy to oblige. Please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum, Facebook or Twitter and we’ll see what we can do.

POWERbreathe and The Arthrogryposis Group

In April we were honoured to be asked by Emma Foden, Sport Scientist and Personal Trainer in disability sport, to talk to the charity, The Arthrogryposis Group at one of their summer events. Each event showcases different health, wellbeing and lifestyle opportunities that are available to them under the banner of Moving and Grooving with Otto; Otto being the charity’s mascot. Naturally we were delighted to be asked and agreed to assist at the event.

The Arthrogryposis Group is a UK based charity for those affected by Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita which causes curved joints in parts of the body.

The event we attended was the first in their calendar and took place on the 5th April at Uppingham School, Leicester. It was a ‘Swim Big Meet’ where the focus was to encourage people to swim more as a leisure activity as it helps to mobilise joints, activate muscles and improve cardiovascular strength.

During the event POWERbreathe provided a 30 – 45 minute presentation about the benefits of Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) as well as a demonstration of how POWERbreathe works. The importance of stronger breathing muscles for people affected by Arthrogryposis was brought home to us when we heard about a lady who’d been affected so much by this condition that she didn’t have enough air in her lungs to be able to speak.Thankfully POWERbreathe was there to offer her hope…

Because the lungs aren’t a muscle, they rely on the muscles surrounding them for their expansion and contraction. It’s this supporting structure that you need to strengthen and condition in order to appreciate proper, full breathing. So, by using POWERbreathe to exercise her breathing muscles, this lady will be strengthening her lungs’ supporting structure and improving her vital capacity, the usable portion of her lungs.

The day started at 10.30am and we were able to chat to members of the AGM about POWERbreathe before our presentation. We set up the presentation in a sports hall where we were also able to demonstrate the POWERbreathe K5 with Breathe-Link Software. Attendees came and tried out the K5 and took a strength-index test to see how their breathing faired. We were given permission by one member of the group, Neil Andrews, to record his first impressions of the POWERbreathe which you can view here:
“This could change my life” – WATCH VIDEO > 

In the afternoon the pool was open for people who wished to have a leisurely swim or take part in a lesson, as well as shooting, trampolining and fencing to have a go at. It proved to be a very positive, enjoyable day for all involved.

Emma already had personal experience of POWERbreathe and its benefits following the work she did for the study published in the BJSM (British Journal of Sports Medicine), Effects of inspiratory muscle training on respiratory function and repetitive sprint performance in wheelchair basketball players.

Thank you to Emma for contacting us in the first instance and allowing us to help people with potential breathing problems; to The Arthrogryposis Group for being so attentive and interested in POWERbreathe and making it such an enjoyable day; and to Uppingham School for making us all feel welcome in such a lovely environment.

POWERbreathe helps you take control of your asthma

Today (Tuesday 6th May), the BBC reported on a worrying story that revealed how people in the UK are dying unnecessarily from asthma. Researchers believe it could be down to asthma sufferers not receiving any medical help during their final asthma attack (which was the reason given in nearly half the cases they looked at).

The National Review of Asthma Deaths says sufferers and medics must be better at recognising the danger signs, which was also reiterated by researchers of this review who found that clinicians and patients themselves had become complacent about the illness.

NHS England’s national clinical director for respiratory services, Prof Mike Morgan said: “Every patient should have a care plan which should be regularly reviewed and patients should be supported to manage their asthma, including effective inhaler technique and knowledge of their condition.”

Asthma UK have responded to this breaking news by making available their own report on the findings where you can also ‘Check Your Risk’, download their ‘Asthma Care Toolkit’ or ‘Get Support’.

The message is clear: clinicians and patients themselves need to take control of their asthma. As a patient one thing you could look at is Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT), also referred to as Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) and breathing training.

There are several studies that show Respiratory Muscle Training to be helpful for people with asthma:

POWERbreathe Medic Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) offers people with asthma a drug-free, clinically-proven method of reducing their symptoms, and putting them in control of their asthma. It is available on prescription in the UK and over the counter in pharmacies. If however your GP is unable to prescribe the POWERbreathe Medic for some reason, or you don’t live in the UK, then the POWERbreathe Classic or POWERbreathe Plus Level 1 (LR) is the ideal alternative as it offers the same range of resistance as the POWERbreathe Medic.  

  • Laboratory studies found asthma symptoms improved with Inspiratory Muscle Training by up to 75% in 3 weeks (see 1 above)
  • Patients with asthma experienced improvement of symptoms, quality of life and a reduction in the consumption of medication of up to 79% (see 2 above)

POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training is being prescribed by medical professionals as either a standalone intervention or as part of a rehabilitation programme and is a clinically-proven method of reducing your asthma symptoms. It can be used alongside your regular asthma medicine and will complement your prescribed medicines, as it is drug-free and has no side effects or drug interactions; just speak to your GP or asthma nurse.

Read more about how POWERbreathe could help relieve your symptoms of asthma, or if you’re already using POWERbreathe to help with asthma then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum, Facebook or Twitter as we’d love to hear from you. You can also read about how POWERbreathe has helped others with breathing problems, including asthma, in our ‘Asthma’ and “I have a breathing problem” blog categories.