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POWERbreathe Medic Plus

POWERbreathe Medic Plus

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  • Ideal for recovery from COVID-19 and Long COVID
  • Suitable for those with very weak breathing muscles as a result of illness, post-hospitalisation, or an existing respiratory health condition, such as COPD or asthma
  • Improves breathing strength and stamina
  • Drug-free
  • Recommended by medical professionals
  • Ergonomic design
  • Train for 30 breaths, twice a day for results
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The Medic Plus is the IMT device of choice for those with very weak diaphragms and severe respiratory problems. The breathing trainer gently increases your breathing strength in a safe, scientifically proven way.

The device creates resistance on your in-breath, causing your muscles to work harder. Over time, you will build up strength and stamina and breathing will become easier. This can ease the symptoms of COPD and asthma and help with rehabilitation.

Strengthen your diaphragm- Respiratory muscle weakness is inherent in various patient groups and a major contributor to the perception of difficult or laboured breathing (dyspnoea). However, when the inspiratory muscles are ‘overloaded’ regularly using the Medic Plus, they adapt and become stronger and more resistant to fatigue. Activating stronger inspiratory muscles requires less effort during a given task, reducing dyspnoea. This has been shown to improve exercise tolerance and quality of life, particularly in patients with COPD.

Breathing training with the POWERbreathe Medic Plus focuses on strengthening your diaphragm rather than your lungs. This is because your lungs are a pair of spongy, air-filled organs, and not muscle, and therefore cannot be strengthened.

Recommended by medical professionals- The Medic Plus is used by medical professionals as an adjunct to pharmacological treatments. It can be used as a standalone therapy or in conjunction with pulmonary rehabilitation, with or without supervision, and can be easily used straight out of the box.

Entry-level breathing training- The POWERbreathe Medic Plus offers the lowest and lightest starting ‘load’ (weight) of all our devices.

This ‘load’ training is similar to weightlifting, and the POWERbreathe Plus Medic device provides the lightest level of resistance setting (weight lifted) in increments – from 9cmH2O (or 1cmH2O without the internal spring) to 78cmH2O.

The range between each training level is smaller than the POWERbreathe Medic. This makes it ideal for patients who have severe breathing difficulties.

Ergonomic design- The POWERbreathe Plus is the second generation of mechanical breathing trainers and features the following design improvements:

  • Optimised airflow performance to make training more effective
  • Fully integrated, easily adjustable resistance mechanism
  • Easy to read resistance level indicator
  • Soft, comfortable mouthpiece

 

Precautions & Contraindications

POWERbreathe IMT breathing training is drug-free, suitable for almost anyone and should cause no harmful side effects when used properly. Please read the following precautions and contraindications to ensure that POWERbreathe IMT is used safely and appropriately. You must always consult your healthcare professional before embarking on any new form of exercise and this includes POWERbreathe breathing training.

Precautions:

  • The patient must not make changes to any prescribed medication or prescribed treatment programme without consulting their doctor.
  • Do not use the POWERbreathe whilst taking part in other activities where you may become distracted, such as walking, running and driving.
  • POWERbreathe should not be used if the patient is suffering from a ruptured eardrum or any other condition of the eardrum.
  • It is not recommended to use POWERbreathe if you have suffered from or are likely to suffer from Costochondritis.
  • To prevent the potential transmission of infections, we recommend that POWERbreathe is not shared with other users, including family members.
  • This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
  • POWERbreathe is designed for exercising the inspiratory muscles only. No other use is intended or implied.
  • Anyone who is under the age of 16 should only use POWERbreathe with supervision from an adult. POWERbreathe contains small parts and is not suitable for children under 7 years.
  • Whilst training with POWERbreathe the patient should feel resistance when inhaling but it should not be painful. If the patient feels pain whilst using POWERbreathe they should stop immediately and consult their doctor.
  • Some users may experience slight ear discomfort when training with POWERbreathe, especially if they are recovering from a cold. This is caused by inadequate equalisation of pressure between the mouth and ears. If symptoms persist, patients should consult their doctor.
  • If a patient is suffering from a cold, sinusitis or respiratory tract infection, we advise that they do not use POWERbreathe until symptoms have disappeared.
  • If you start to feel dizzy using POWERbreathe IMT, please pause until recovered and take longer gaps between breaths.

Healthcare Professional should take into consideration the following conditions before patients use POWERbreathe:

  • A history of spontaneous pneumothorax (a collapsed lung that was not due to traumatic injury e.g. broken rib), as it may lead to a recurrence of the condition
  • Pulmonary hypertension or large bullae on chest x-ray
  • Marked osteoporosis with history of rib fractures
  • Desaturation during or following IMT (94%)

Contraindications

Inspiratory muscle training, such as training with POWERbreathe, is not recommended for patients with certain conditions, including the following:

  • Patients who have undergone recent abdominal surgery and those with an abdominal hernia.
  • Asthma patients who have a very low symptom perception and suffer from frequent, severe exacerbations or with an abnormally low perception of dyspnoea
  • If a patient is suffering from a ruptured eardrum or any other condition of the ear
  • Patients with marked elevated left ventricular end-diastolic volume and pressure
  • Patients with worsening heart failure signs and symptoms after RMT / IMT
  • If you are suffering from a cold, sinusitis or respiratory tract infection, we advise that you do not use your POWERbreathe IMT device

 

FAQs

How often do I need to use POWERbreathe?
To be effective you must complete the tried and tested POWERbreathe training regimen of 30 breaths twice per day. If you are using POWERbreathe Medic, please follow the directions prescribed by your consultant.

How POWERbreathe IMT Works
POWERbreathe is a multifunctional Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) tool that has a wide use of applications for a wide range of people. IMT is scientifically proven to benefit patients with respiratory illness and healthy people, including athletes at all levels of competition, including Olympians.

POWERbreathe IMT exercises the inspiratory muscles (those used to breathe in), improving their strength and stamina and reducing fatigue.


Can children use POWERbreathe?
POWERbreathe is not suitable for children under 7 years (due to small parts) and anyone under 16 should only use POWERbreathe under the supervision of an adult.


Can I still use POWERbreathe if I have a cold?
We advise you not to use your POWERbreathe if you are suffering from a cold, sinusitis or a respiratory tract infection until all symptoms have disappeared.


Is training with POWERbreathe painful?
No, it should not be painful. You should feel resistance to inhaling, but if you feel pain whilst using your POWERbreathe then you should stop and consult your doctor.


If I stop training will I lose the benefits?
The phrase ‘use it or lose it’ applies equally to your inspiratory muscles as it does to any other muscle. If you stop training, your muscles will become weaker again.


How often do I need to use POWERbreathe?
To be effective you must complete the tried and tested POWERbreathe training regimen of 30 breaths twice per day. If you are using POWERbreathe Medic, please follow the directions prescribed by your consultant.

How to Clean your POWERbreathe?


After each training session, remove the Valve Head from your device as demonstrated in your user manual, and soak it in warm water for about ten minutes. Now hold the valve head under warm running water whilst opening and closing the valve to aid cleaning of the valve surfaces. Shake off excess water and leave on a clean towel to dry.

Wipe-clean the POWERbreathe handset with a damp cloth. Do not immerse the handset or expose it to running water as this will damage the internal electronics.


Is POWERbreathe dishwasher and microwave safe?
No, do not attempt to clean your POWERbreathe in any way other than instructed in your User Manual.

Cold water sterilisation only.

Not suitable for sterilisation by boiling, steam, microwave or oven.


What are the POWERbreathe mouthpieces made of?
All the mouthpieces for the POWERbreathe units are BPA (Bisphenol-A) free. Please see detail below:

POWERbreathe K-Series mouthpiece: TPE (Thermoplastic elastomers)
POWERbreathePlus mouthpiece: TPE (Thermoplastic elastomers)
POWERbreathe Classic mouthpiece: PVC (not made with natural rubber latex or phthalates)


I’m unable to breathe through my POWERbreathe since moving up a level. Why?
This is likely to be because the load increase is too high and increased too quickly. Work on four weeks before rushing on to the higher levels. If this is the first time you have done any form of Inspiratory Muscle training, it is good to note that the device has a variable resistance, think about ¼ turns, rather than an increase of a whole increments.
We generally look at the POWERbreathe mechanical units as lifting weights or dumbbells.

Imagine lifting 35-Kilo’s and being unable to lift 40kg. If you then try 45kg, 50kg the effect is the same as the 40kg, ultimately the load becomes irrelevant.

Best Practice,
Focus on Quality – Breathe in with rapid Airflow, continue until your lungs are full, then breath out slowly, good technique will be better than focusing on the resistance setting to which you are working. Check the POWERbreathe manual, or read on line at www.powerbreathe.com

Do not train to fail,
Utilise your POWERbreathe effectively, and get the best results, you should be able to take 30 complete breaths in your training session. A full breathe thirty times under a reduced load is better than short breaths and straining under a heavy load, (20Kg dumbbell through a full Arm Curl x 30 reps, rather than the half curl with 35Kg and only completing 20 reps.

I sometimes get neck strain when using my POWERbreathe – why?
Neck problems are very rare when using POWERbreathe but have been known to occur when breathing against very heavy loads and in people with a history of neck injury e.g. whiplash. Our advice is as follows:

In order to warm-up before training with POWERbreathe, perform a warm-up session mode; alternatively perform 10 breaths set the load to 80% of you normal resistance (e.g. if you normally train at level 5, set the POWERbreathe to level 4). Perform a set of 30 breaths at this level prior to training at your normal intensity. This should help warm-up the muscles in the neck and chest

Now perform your normal set of 30 breaths – try to breathe from the chest and diaphragm, keeping your neck as relaxed as possible. If you are still experiencing discomfort, reduce the load slightly – it is important to take controlled breath as well as pushing yourself. Remember that the same principles apply to POWERbreathe as with any other resistance training

If you perform uncontrolled movements at high intensities then you may be increasing the risk of muscle strain. If the pain continues, we would advise that you consult your doctor or chiropractor as the problem is likely to be due a slight displacement of a vertebrae (of the kind experienced when one gets a ‘crick’ in the neck’) rather than to a muscle strain The load results on the POWERbreathe unit and pressure value on the Breathe-Link IMT suite do not correlate.

 

We have a 14-day return policy, which means you have 14 days after receiving your item to request a return.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be in the same condition that you received it, unworn or unused, with tags, and in its original packaging. You’ll also need the receipt or proof of purchase.

Please return to: Dam Health, 112 Mariners Wharf, Liverpool L3 4DG
You can read our return policy here:

https://damhealthshop.com/policies/refund-policy

Although we offer next day delivery, courier delivery times are out of our control. We are unable
to offer you a refund for late delivery. You will receive tracking information
once your order is dispatched. All orders placed by 1pm will be dispatched same
day