Inspiratory muscle training for adults - will it help recovery after pneumonia?

Inspiratory muscle training (IMT) is a technique where you repeatedly breathe in hard and fast from a hand held device, which strenghthens the respiratory muscles. It has been shown in previous studies in a variety of medical and respiratory conditions to reduce the feeling of breathlessness and improve exercise capacity, but has never been studied in patients recovering from pneumonia.

We are currently recruiting to a small study to see whether patients recovering from pneumonia can safely manage the inspiratory muscle training device, with the hope that patients recovering from pneumonia can safely manage the device. We hope if this small study is successful to investigate whether it shortens the time taken for pneumonia patients to recover.


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