IMT With Behavioral Therapy In A Case Of A Rower With Presumed Exercise-Induced Paradoxical Vocal-Fold Dysfunction

“Paradoxical vocal fold dysfunction (PVFD) with high effort exercise can result in disruptions to ventilation, dyspnea, inspiratory stridor, elevated heart rate, and syncope. This single subject study experimentally tested an inspiratory muscle strength training (IMST) program with behavioral therapy on a 15-year-old male crew member.”

Conclusion:

“Outcome included successful competition with his high-school crew team, a task he was previously unable to complete. Discussion focuses on IMST combined with traditional approaches of voice therapy for treating PVFD.”

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Inspiratory Muscle Training In Exercise-Induced Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion

“The purpose of the study was to determine if inspiratory muscle training (IMT) would result in increased inspiratory muscle strength, reduced perception of exertional dyspnea, and improved measures of maximal exercise effort in an athlete with exercise-induced paradoxical vocal fold motion (PVFM).”

Conclusion:

“The findings suggest that IMT may be a promising treatment approach for athletes with exercise-induced PVFM.”

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Effect Of Specific Inspiratory Muscle Warm-Up On Intense Intermittent Run To Exhaustion

“The effects of inspiratory muscle (IM) warm-up on the maximum dynamic IM function and the maximum repetitions of 20-m shuttle run (Ex) in the Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test were examined.”

Conclusion:

“Findings suggested that the specific IM warm-up in IMW may entail reduction in breathlessness sensation, partly attributable to the enhancement of dynamic IM functions, in subsequent exhaustive intermittent run and, in turn, improve the exercise tolerance.”

Therefore POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training can effectively be used to:

  • Warm-up the breathing muscles prior to rehearsal or performance

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Specific Respiratory Warm-up Improves Rowing Performance And Exertional Dyspnea

“The purpose of this study was a) to compare the effect of three different warm-up protocols upon rowing performance and perception of dyspnea, and b) to identify the functional significance of a respiratory warm-up.”

Conclusion:

“These data suggest that a combination of a respiratory warm-up protocol together with a specific rowing warm-up is more effective than a specific rowing warm-up or a submaximal warm-up alone as a preparation for rowing performance.”

Therefore POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training can effectively be used to:

  • Warm-up the breathing muscles prior to rehearsal or performance

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Laryngeal Movements During Inspiratory Muscle Training In Healthy Subjects

“Inspiratory muscle training (IMT) has been used to treat patients with exercise-induced vocal cord dysfunction (VCD); the theoretical basis being the close relationship between the diaphragm and the posterior cricoarytenoid muscle, which is the main abductor of the larynx. Before launching a treatment protocol in patients with VCD, we aimed to substantiate this theory by performing laryngoscopy in healthy subjects during standardized IMT programs.”

Conclusion:

“IMT can produce laryngeal abduction in healthy subjects, and training programs may conceivably contribute positively in patients suffering from laryngeal adduction during exercise. Individual response patterns varied between subjects and individualized programs seem crucial for effect. Use of high resistances seemed to be counterproductive.”

Therefore POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training:

  • May affect the intrinsic laryngeal muscles which control the action of the larynx

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Effect of High-Intensity Inspiratory Muscle Training on Lung Volumes, Diaphragm Thickness, and Exercise Capacity in Subjects Who Are Healthy

“Previous investigations have demonstrated that a regimen of high-intensity inspiratory muscle training (IMT) resulted in changes in ventilatory function and exercise capacity in patients with chronic lung disease, although the effect of high-intensity IMT in subjects who are healthy is yet to be determined. The purpose of this study, therefore, was to examine whether high-intensity IMT resulted in changes in ventilatory function and exercise capacity in subjects who were healthy.”

Conclusion:

“The findings of this study suggest that high-intensity IMT results in increased contracted diaphragm thickness and increased lung volumes and exercise capacity in people who are healthy.”

Therefore POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training can effectively be used to:

  • Enhance the ability to inflate the lungs (take deeper breaths)

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Effects Of Changes In Inspiratory Muscle Strength On The Sensation Of Respiratory Force

“The sensation of respiratory muscle force was compared in seven normal subjects before and after inspiratory muscle strength training.”

Conclusion:

“Results suggest that the sensation of respiratory muscle force reflects the proportion of the maximum force utilized in breathing and may be based on the level of respiratory motor command signals.”

Therefore POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training can effectively be used to:

  • Enhance the ability to control the breath
  • Enhance the ability to sustain forceful breathing (breathing does not become fatigued)

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POWERbreathe features on TV programme ‘Music Station’ in Japan

‘Music Station’ is a Japanese television programme that’s broadcast weekly and is where many Japanese groups and singers make their debut performance. It was sheer good fortune that someone from Entry Japan, our POWERbreathe friend and distributor in Japan, happened to be watching the programme when Japanese singer and heart-throb Yuya Tegoshi appeared alongside a picture of the POWERbreathe he uses!

Yuya Tegosh, aged 25, is a member of the pop group NEWS, Japan’s answer to One Direction, and self-proclaimed worst dancer, but he is considered one of the best, if not the best, singer in the group.

In 2006 he and a band mate formed the singing duo Tegomass. Together they recorded a song entirely in English which they released as a single in Sweden – it reached no. 12 in the Swedish Charts!

Listen to Tegomass’s most recent single, Sayonara ni Sayonara.

‘Music Station’ is similar to the UK’s Top of the Pops and we’re delighted to see rising star Yuya Tegoshi performing and talking about POWERbreathe. Sadly we’re unable to find a video clip of the programme but do have a photograph of the actual moment Yuya appeared during broadcasting talking about his POWERbreathe (see above).

Best wishes goes to Yuya, NEWS and Tegomass, and a big thank you to Entry Japan for sharing this news with us all.

For more fantastic news about POWERbreathe for singers, have a look at Fakhrul Razi’s success at this year’s World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood.

Find out how POWERbreathe could be beneficial as part of your vocal exercises and vocal warm-up, or if you’re a singer and are already using POWERbreathe to help with breath control, 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 more about POWERbreathe and the use of Inspiratory Muscle Training in Performing Arts on our blog.

POWERbreathe goes to Hollywood

Our POWERbreathe friend and distributor in Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak, Armtirix Enterprise, have released some very exciting news about top local singer, Fakhrul Razi.

Fakhrul Razi is an independent Brunei singer-songwriter and TV host and has been performing in shows and at events in Brunei and Internationally since 2004. He has a massive following in Indonesia and Malaysia, and when you hear his voice, you’ll know why.

Listen to a few of Fakhrul Razi’s tracks here on ReverbNation.

Armtrix provided Fakhrul with a POWERbreathe Plus Level 2 (MR) to, as Fakhrul put it “help me hit that note cause it helps to strengthen the lung muscle so I can sing better.”

Fakhrul is one of three aspiring talents selected to represent Brunei in the Vocals, Instrumental and Acting Categories at the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Hollywood. The WCOPA is the only international performing arts talent competition and educational experience of its kind held annually in Hollywood, CA, and each year countries from across the world send their best and most outstanding talent to the event. Fakhrul, entered for the Vocals category, and others will face a huge contest of skills to see who is the most accomplished in the world.

Fakhrul and others will be in Hollywood for two weeks (the championships take place July 12th – 21st, 2013), joining in on workshops designed to help them master their individual skills, before competing on stage.

We’re just hoping that in his excitement Fakhrul will have remembered to take his POWERbreathe with him, as like any form of exercise, warming-up is essential, and the vocal folds (vocal cords) are no exception. They need to be warmed up just like any muscle before they can work at an optimum rate. The work that scientists undertook with singers supported the notion that using POWERbreathe as part of a vocal exercise warm-up could enhance the ability to generate tension in the vocal folds and therefore increase vocal range.

For Fakhrul, who decided to try POWERbreathe to help him “hit that note…so he can sing better,” POWERbreathe will help him make full use of his lungs. Learning to control his breath will help him control his voice, and the aim of breathing exercises for breath control is to inhale as much as possible, as quickly as possible, which is what POWERbreathe training does. The point of this is so that the singer, Fakhrul, will then be able to release his breath in a controlled manner while singing. The other benefit Fakhrul will find from training with POWERbreathe is that his breathing muscles will become stronger which in turn will help him propel his voice when he needs volume, and then have the strength to control his breath during the quieter notes.

POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training will help all singers:

  • Enhance the ability to inflate the lungs (take deeper breaths)
  • Enhance the ability to control the breath
  • Enhance the ability to sustain forceful breathing (breathing does not become fatigued)

Everyone from POWERbreathe would like to wish Fakhrul all the best in his competition, and we’ll keep you posted on his progress. If you’d like to leave your well-wishes for Fakhrul then please feel free to leave a comment here.

Read more about how POWERbreathe could prove beneficial as part of your vocal exercises and vocal warm-up, or if you’re a singer and are already using POWERbreathe to help with breath control, then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum as we’d love to hear from you. You can also read more about POWERbreathe and the use of Inspiratory Muscle Training in Performing Arts on our blog.