Inspiratory Resistance Exerciser
People with lung disease or a disease of the
nerves and muscles often have weakness of
the breathing muscles. Exercise can
increase the strength and endurance of these
muscles. An inspiratory resistance exerciser
will be provided to those who need this help.
This device has a spring-loaded valve that
will cause resistance when breathing in.
This will exercise the muscles of breathing.
The pressure when breathing in can be
altered so that this muscle training is done at
the proper level. Your respiratory therapist
will set the correct level of resistance for
How to Use the Trainer
1. Adjust the pressure indicator to the
2. When comfortable, place the
mouthpiece in your mouth. Nose clips
may be used so all the breathing is
done through the mouth.
3. Relax. Using your mouth, inhale
deeply and with enough force to open
the valve. Proper training requires a
high level of intensity, but it should
not exhaust you.
4. Slowly increase training time to five
minutes per session, and try to train
twice per day.
5. Train at about the same time each day.
Training while reading or watching
TV may help make sessions routine.
Consistent, on-going training is
Care of the Inspiratory Resistance Trainer
The trainer should be cleaned once a week in
warm, soapy water. Rinse well and allow to
air dry. The entire unit can be taken apart
and put together.
Be patient. It often takes 6 to 8 weeks to see
results from this kind of muscle training. If
breathing problems occur as a result of
illness, stop the training and report them to a
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