Using The Breather - One SLP's View
Hello, everyone! So, I’ve become more and more involved in researching and using The Breather and now The Breather Fit from PN Medical. I’ve benefited from its use personally and for those patients that I have recommended it to, they have benefitted as well. Because of this I decided to write about the devices briefly along with my experience of using and recommending these devices to others.
What is it?
It is a device that has been clinically proven to improve inspiratory and expiratory muscle function using a specific training routine.
How does it work?
The Breather trains both inspiratory and expiratory muscles independently. Diaphragms within the device cause varying degrees of resistance based on the number selected on each respective dial on the device. These dials are operated independently, so that you can increase or decrease level of difficulty with either inspiration or expiration separately and work on both aspects of breathing at your own pace. As you improve in your breathing capability, you may increase resistance as needed by turning up the dial. You can do this until you reach the max level for each dial respectively. When using the device, you may determine if a present dial level is appropriate for you by noting how much effort is required to complete a set of 10 repetitions. You should notice some strain/effort as you go through a set; however, you should not feel wholly exhausted following the completion of the breathing exercises. The Breather Fit functions similarly; however, the resistance can be set to even greater levels to enhance benefit.
Who is it for?
Anyone can use The Breather and experience benefit from it. However, to be more specific, The Breather has been proven to help with healthy aging, COPD, dysphagia, congestive heart failure, and neuromuscular diseases. Although comparative to The Breather, The Breather Fit is geared towards athletes to help improve cardio, breathing during exercise and prolong performance during exercise.