A study concluded that specific Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) improves respiratory muscle endurance in Duchenne muscular dystrophy and the effectiveness of training appears to be dependent on the quantity of training1.
Another study concluded that a specific inspiratory muscle training is useful in the early stage of Duchenne muscular dystrophy2.
1 Dose-dependent effect of individualized respiratory muscle training in children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy
2 Inspiratory muscle training in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Any condition that prevents normal physical activity can lead to inspiratory muscle weakness, and in addition to asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT), such as with POWERbreathe, has been found to be helpful for managing other medical conditions, including chronic heart failure, postoperative pulmonary complications and inspiratory stridor.
Specific Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) of the muscles we use to breathe, such as with POWERbreathe, has been demonstrated to increase their strength, resistance to fatigue and reduce breathlessness, as well as being helpful in managing medical conditions including:
Respiratory muscle training can improve respiratory muscle strength and endurance in children and young adults with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Acute respiratory failure associated with respiratory infection is the most frequent reason for unplanned hospital admission, and chronic respiratory failure is a frequent cause of death. With appropriate intervention, the incidence of unplanned hospital admission can be reduced and life expectancy can be improved.
The British Thoracic Society has produced guidelines for respiratory management of children with neuromuscular weakness and provides recommendations that will aid the healthcare professional in delivering good quality patient care.
The guidelines have been deemed by the Editor to be of special interest or importance and the article is freely available: ‘British Thoracic Society’s Respiratory Management of Children with Neuromuscular Weakness Guideline’