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The Breather® may be beneficial for everyone interested in developing strength and endurance for their respiratory muscles. Respiratory muscles, like other muscles, can weaken from prolonged illness, aging, and neuromuscular diseases.
Respiratory breathing/strength training is an effective tool to teach diaphragmatic breathing for breath support. Strong breath support is also essential for coordination of speaking, swallowing, and coughing.
Inspiratory resistance strengthens the diaphragm and the external intercostal muscles (accessory breathing muscles surrounding the ribs) and the accessory muscles of the neck.
Exhalation resistance strengthens and tones the internal intercostals and abdominal muscles. In addition, exhalation resistance mimics pursed lip breathing which helps to safeguard against trapping air in the lungs during training. It may also help to clear mucus in the airways.
The Breather® - its features and advantages:
• Reduces the sensation of dyspnea
• Assists in teaching diaphragmatic breathing
• Easily tolerated for post-op patients
• Variable inspiratory/expiratory resistances via two one way valves
• Use with mouth piece or mask
• Monitoring/Oxygen adaptor
• Minimizes congestion
• Clears airways
References:1. The Coordination of Breathing and Swallowing in Parkinson’s Disease. Gross, R.D., et al, Dysphagia, 2008, 23:136-1452. Effect of inspiratory muscle training in patients with multiple sclerosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2003 Jul;84 (7):994-93. Respiratory muscle training in neuromuscular disease: long-tern effects on strength and load perception. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., Vol. 31, No. 11,pp. 1522-1527, 19994. Impact of inspiratory muscle training in patients with COPD. (ERJ European Respiratory Journal, February 1, 2011 vol. 37 no. 2 416-425)5. Impact of Expiratory Muscle StrengthTraining on Voluntary Cough And Swallow Function in Parkinson’s Disease. Pitts, Teresa, et al, Chest, May 2009, vol.135, no.5, 1301-1308
Medex SKU: SMP-081502715