Muscles involved in respiration are also involved in core stability as well as other upper body movements and exercises. Research has demonstrated that exercising to increase the strength and endurance of the respiratory muscles can benefit back pain, balance and falls, artistic and athletic performance as well as address breathing difficulties caused by chromic conditions such as COPD and ageing. Following assessment and management of breathing pattern disorders, respiratory muscle training is a method of optimising the function of the respiratory muscles in pathological conditions and in healthy individuals. This learn topic explains how.
There are several exclusively FREE resources that relate to this learn topic including 2 book chapters and a key journal article:
- McConnell, A. Functional benefits of respiratory muscle training. Chapter 4 in: Respiratory Muscle Training – theory and practice. Elsevier, 2013.
- McConnell, A. Methods of respiratory muscle training. Chapter 5 in: Respiratory Muscle Training – theory and practice. Elsevier, 2013.
- Smart NA, Giallauria F, Dieberg G. Efficacy of inspiratory muscle training in chronic heart failure patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Cardiol. 2013 Aug 20;167(4):1502-7.
- Respiratory Muscle Training exercise protocols from PhysioTec.
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