POWERbreathe Respiratory Training Programme in Brazil

Our friends in Brazil, Treinar, have now been running a successful POWERbreathe Respiratory Training Programme for some time, and we were delighted recently to see a post from them in which they shared photos and details of their programme.

The programme is proving to have a hugely beneficial formula, and definitely worth sharing, so here’s a little bit more about it…

POWERbreathe Respiratory Training Programme by Treinar

Firstly clients (people with breathing difficulties and athletes alike) are offered a complete breathing evaluation using the POWERbreathe K5 with Breathe-Link Software.

The results are then used to determine the most appropriate POWERbreathe model for the client.

Each client is then shown how to use their POWERbreathe, including the correct POWERbreathe breathing technique. Then it’s down to the client to stick to the scientifically proven training regimen (30 breaths twice a day) in the convenience of their own home, at the gym or at work – as Treinar says, it’s “super practical and simple and you don’t spend more than 5-10 minutes per workout.”

Treinar offer advice and the opportunity for clients to come back and have their breathing evaluated again after the initial 4-weeks training, and monthly thereafter. This is to ensure correct breathing technique is maintained, and that progress is being made, including ensuring that the load on the client’s POWERbreathe is increased accordingly.

With their RMT Programme in operation for some time now, Treinar have a wealth of data from their studies that show hypertrophy of the musculature of the diaphragm (muscular hypertrophy most commonly occurs as a result of physical exercise, such as weight lifting, and POWERbreathe has been termed “dumbbells for your diaphragm”) after just 2 months of regular POWERbreathe training.

Where high performance athletes demand more intense training, Treinar offer a solution for this too, and that is by incorporating POWERbreathe into active workouts for the whole body – ActiBreathe!

They also tailor breathing workouts for those with respiratory conditions, using POWERbreathe for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

There are more photos of Treinar’s RMT Programme on Instagram and Facebook, where you’ll also find some fantastic videos of POWERbreathe being used by athletes, including triathlete Bruno Albuquerque, to intensify their workouts.

 

Management of respiratory diseases beyond drugs: Pulmonary Rehab

This article highlights some of the areas raised by a discussion panel in Mumbai on Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) of patients with respiratory diseases.

Topics covered were:

  • REHABILITATION IN COPD (CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE)

The panel touched on how “Respiratory-muscle training can be considered in patients with respiratory-muscle weakness.”

POWERbreathe Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) is drug-free, clinically proven and beneficial for patients with COPD as a stand alone therapy and for pulmonary rehab. Read more about POWERbreathe RMT for Pulmonary Rehab in COPD patients.

  • PULMONARY REHABILITATION IN TB
  • REHABILITATION IN IDIOPATHIC PULMONARY FIBROSIS (IPF)
  • REHABILITATION IN POST LUNG RE-SECTIONAL SURGERY

Read the full article.

View list of published research that used POWERbreathe as the IMT intervention of choice in POWERbreathe in Research.

Find more published research on our Inspiratory Muscle Training Research blog.

 

Effects of respiratory muscle training on respiratory mechanics and energy cost

STUDY:

The effects of respiratory muscle training on respiratory mechanics and energy cost 

Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology Volume 200, 15 August 2014, Pages 7–17

Abstract:

“Resistance respiratory muscle training (RRMT) increases respiratory muscle strength and can increase swimming endurance time by as much as 85%.

The purpose of this study was to examine potential mechanisms by which RRMT improves exercise endurance.”

Method:

“Airway resistance (R aw), exhaled nitric oxide output , and respiratory duty cycle (TI/TTot) were determined before and after four weeks of RRMT.”

Conclusions:

“Resistance respiratory muscle training decreased TI/TTot respiratory duty cycle (−10% at rest at 1 ATA – atmospheres of absolute pressure, (−17% at 2.7 ATA during submersed exercise), (−6% at 2.7 ATA during submersed exercise), and R aw airway resistance (−34% inspiratory at 4.6 ATA submersed, −38% expiratory at 2.7 ATA dry), independent of changes in .

Most importantly, respiratory muscle efficiency increased (+83% at 2.7 ATA submersed).”

View the Abstract. 

View list of published research that used POWERbreathe as the IMT intervention of choice in POWERbreathe in Research.

Find more published research on our Inspiratory Muscle Training Research blog.

Effect of feedback RMT on pulmonary function in children with cerebral palsy

Clinical Rehabilitation published online a study abstract, the objective for which was ‘to investigate the effect of respiratory training on pulmonary function of children with cerebral palsy’.

ARTICLE

The effect of feedback respiratory training on pulmonary function of children with cerebral palsy: a randomized controlled preliminary report

Hye Young Lee, Yong Jun Cha, Kyoung Kim

INTRODUCTION

“Cerebral palsy does not directly cause airway or parenchymal lung dysfunction, however, the consequences of neuromuscular impairment may lead to lung damage and low cardiopulmonary capacity, and it reduces lung function of children with cerebral palsy… Some children with cerebral palsy, therefore, suffer from a high incidence of respiratory dysfunction, such as recurrent pneumonia, atelectasis, bronchiectasis, sleep apnoea, and chronic obstructive lung disease. Pulmonary function is thus an important issue in preservation of life for children with cerebral palsy.”

“Previous studies have reported an association in children with cerebral palsy between respiratory problems and decreased chest wall mobility, deviation of optimal chest wall structure and insufficient respiratory muscle strength. Early initiation of pulmonary rehabilitation may result in improvement and maintenance of chest mobility and respiratory function, and respiratory training can also be appropriate therapy in comprehensive treatment of children with cerebral palsy.

Several studies have reported that feedback respiratory training can provide maximal efficacy in improvement of respiratory function, endurance for exercise capacity, perception of dyspnoea and quality of life. However, no study to determine whether feedback respiratory training can have an effect on the respiratory function of children with cerebral palsy has been reported. The purpose of this study was to determine whether feedback respiratory training would improve pulmonary function of children with cerebral palsy.”

CONCLUSION

“Participation in feedback respiratory training resulted in improvement of pulmonary function of children with cerebral palsy.”

CLINICAL MESSAGES

  • Training respiratory muscles by utilizing visual and auditory stimulations increased forced vital capacity and forced expiratory volume at one second in children with cerebral palsy.
  • Feedback respiratory training may be beneficial for the management of the pulmonary function of children with cerebral palsy.

“Further research into the various effects of feedback respiratory training on children with cerebral palsy, particularly a comparison with other treatment methods for improvement of pulmonary function will be necessary.”

Read the Abstract online, The effect of feedback respiratory training on pulmonary function of children with cerebral palsy: a randomized controlled preliminary report 

Effects of respiratory muscle training on performance in athletes: a systematic review with meta-analyses

Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research“Effects of respiratory muscle training on performance in athletes: a systematic review with meta-analyses”

Hajghanbari B, Yamabayashi C, Buna T, Coelho J, Freedman K, Morton T, Palmer S, Toy M, Walsh C, Sheel AW, Reid WD.

More research recently published (July 25th 2012) to determine if respiratory muscle training (RMT) improves sport performance, and respiratory muscle strength and endurance.

The conclusion revealed that RMT can improve sport performance. Inspiratory muscle strength and endurance improved in most studies, which in part, was dependent on the type of RMT employed.

 

Read the Abstract online at The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research

 

Respiratory Muscle Training improves endurance in healthy individuals with greater improvements in less fit individuals and in sports of longer durations.

A systematic review and meta-analysis was performed in order to determine the factors that affect the change in endurance performance after RMT (Respiratory Muscle Training) in healthy subjects.

The conclusion was that RMT improves endurance exercise performance in healthy individuals with greater improvements in less fit individuals and in sports of longer durations (rowing, running, swimming and cycling).

Read the Abstract for this meta-analysis recently published on PubMed: ‘Effect of Respiratory Muscle Training on Exercise Performance in Healthy Individuals: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis’.

 

Read more about POWERbreathe respiratory muscle training for rowing, running, swimming and cycling.