Restrictive Thoracic Disease

A study concluded: In patients with restrictive thoracic disorders and noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation (NPPV), Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) improved inspiratory muscle strength. Exercise performance and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) were improved when the 2 groups were compared. Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) was practicable and safe despite severe respiratory impairment. Further evaluation, including different training intensities and modalities, seems warranted1.

1 Respiratory muscle training in restrictive thoracic disease: a randomized controlled trial

Breathing Effort in other Medical Conditions 

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: