|With over 15 years of research focused on pulmonary and cardiovascular function after spinal cord injury, it has been shown that respiratory training can improve the function of both the heart and the lungs in people with spinal cord injury.
Respiratory and cardiovascular complications are the main causes of disease and death in people with chronic spinal cord injury. After injury, the nerves that supply the lungs, blood vessels, and muscles of breathing are damaged. Causing difficulty in breathing, ineffective coughing, and poor regulation of blood pressure. These factors make people with a spinal cord injury highly susceptible to respiratory infection and other health related issues.
Our research has shown that a respiratory training program using a Respiratory Training Device can improve respiratory and cardiovascular health. Respiratory training is an exercise for spinal cord cells, nerves, respiratory muscles, blood vessels, and lungs.
The Respiratory Training Device is designed for in-home use for those more susceptible to respiratory disease and infection, including people with spinal cord injury, which can lead to more serious, long-term health complications. It is used to improve and maintain your respiratory health.
“Overall I have found that the Respiratory Training Device is a good exercise for my lungs and breathing muscles. It is definitely harder than it looks and I feel like it has helped with my breathing capacity. I like that I can increase the load whenever I’m ready and I can see how my strength has improved. It is easy and convenient to use at home and requires minimal assistance. The Respiratory Training Device is easy to store, travels well, and is easily cleaned. I would recommend it to others who are looking for in-home training options.”
~ Respiratory Training Device user
Information from the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center’s faculty on using this device in their research, along with an introductory video, can be accessed below:
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