Breathe easier with POWERbreathe IMT – reviewed in Daily Mail

The Daily Mail online features worldwide news stories from the Daily Mail and Sunday newspapers. It is the second-biggest-selling daily newspaper in the UK. And today (21st November 2017) online it features an article about devices that will help you to breathe easier. One criterion specified by freelance journalist, Adrian Monti, is that the devices are to be available on the High Street. Another, quite rightly, is that the devices must be able to back up their claims.

Chest Physician chooses ‘Breathe easier’ devices

In order to approach this from a clinical viewpoint, Adrian has been speaking to a specialist chest physician and GP.

Dr Simon Taggart is a dual accredited Consultant Chest & General Physician. He has wide experience in the field of general medicine and is a specialist in respiratory medicine at The University of Manchester. His current NHS post is with the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. He is also Sub-Speciality Tutor for Respiratory Medicine at The University of Manchester. He’s an expert.

Because of his expertise, Dr Taggart is knowledgeable about the devices and solutions that claim to make you breathe easier, and that are available on the High Street.

Device reviews

For each device that was suggested, supporting data and research were assessed. And in order to be able to provide a rating for each product, each one was personally tested.

Each review in the paper begins with stating the device’s ‘claim’. Dr Taggart then follows this up with his ‘verdict’ after using the product. And finally, a rating out of 10 is awarded. This he comes to after assessing the related research and user experience.

POWERbreathe IMT – a selected device

Although the description of how to use POWERbreathe IMT is inaccurate, the specified aim is. And that is to ‘gradually make breathing muscles stronger’.

You make the breathing muscles stronger by breathing IN through the device against a resistance. It’s this resistance that makes your breathing muscles work harder. And the more you use it the easier the training gets. So this is when you increase the resistance to challenge your breathing muscles again. It’s the same principle as increasing the weight of dumbbells to increase your arm strength. In fact, it is affectionately known as ‘dumbbells for your diaphragm’. And stronger breathing muscles result in a resistance to fatigue too. So both your breathing strength and stamina improve. In addition, POWERbreathe IMT is scientifically proven, and because it is drug-free, it’s being used in many clinical trials where being short of breath is an issue.

POWERbreathe – the verdict

In the paper, Dr Taggart reports using POWERbreathe IMT devices with patients to treat chronic bronchitis. He says that strengthening their respiratory muscles with it helps ease their breathing. He goes on to add that it’s also useful for those who suffer from weak lungs that would benefit from a bit of training.

Rated: 9/10

Also worthy of inclusion – Shaker by POWERbreathe

With the premise that a device must stand up to its claim to make breathing easier and be available on the High Street, we feel another device to be worthy of inclusion. That of the Shaker by POWERbreathe.

The Shaker is a hand-held device that is designed to loosen mucus. And it is also suitable for children (with supervision) as it’s so easy to use. Simply put, as you breathe out through the device the weighted ball inside ‘shakes’ mucus. This loosens it so that you’re able to cough it up and expel it. The result is that you’re able to breathe easier.

The Shaker by POWERbreathe is available in three models, one of which is autoclavable. As a result, it’s able to be cleaned in an autoclave, sterilising it and making it suitable for multiple-use and clinical settings.

Daily Mail Article – Is this the cure for asthma?

Lucy Elkins writes in The Daily Mail Online about how wheezing from asthma could be brought to an end, thanks to POWERbreathe IMT. IMT stands for Inspiratory Muscle Training. It is a way of training the breathing muscles to become stronger. It is also drug-free.

Daily Mail Article

The article explains how people with asthma experience wheezing and tightness in the chest. This results in a feeling of breathlessness. Lucy explains how researchers have found a device that exercises the muscles surrounding the lungs, helping to reduce the feeling of being short of breath. The device is POWERbreathe and it exercises the main breathing muscle, the diaphragm, as well as, the intercostal muscles.

Furthermore, the article explains how the team of researchers from Brunel University found that using POWERbreathe for 5-minutes per day for 3 weeks, asthma sufferers symptoms improved by up to 75%. Additionally, they also found it be beneficial for improving stamina in athletes, which saw an improvement of up to 30%.

Professor Alison McConnell, an exercise physiologist at Brunel University is quoted in the article, saying:

‘While general aerobic activity such as running and cycling improves the efficiency of your cardiovascular system (heart and lungs) so that you’re able to use the oxygen available to you more efficiently, it doesn’t actually have much of an impact on the respiratory muscles themselves.’

‘The only other way to exercise those muscles would be to hold your breath with the lungs full to bursting for long periods of time, as is done in advanced yogic breathing exercises.’

POWERbreathe put to the test

Daily Mail journalist, Lucy Elkins, also speaks to 35-year-old David, who’s been suffering from asthma since he was three-years-old. David is a long distance runner but is finding his condition worsening in recent years. In fact, it’s making him feel as though he’s fighting for his breath. This is a concern, as David is wanting to participate in one of the most challenging long-distance races in the world; Extreme Africa.

During training for this extreme challenge, David began to pant so hard that it hurt. As a result, he began to use POWERbreathe. He explains how he could feel it working; training his breathing muscles. The best news though is that David began to feel breathing in and out much easier within a couple of weeks, saying:

‘Not only was I not getting breathless on my runs, even everyday tasks like walking and going up stairs became easier. I went from needing to use my inhaler once or more a day to practically not using it at all.’

David went on to run in the Extreme Africa race and was the only entrant our of 26 to have asthma. Only 12 were able to complete the course. David was one of them. In fact, David came in in fifth place and continues to use his POWERbreathe regularly.