Mayo Clinic is launching a study in conjunction with PN Medical to investigate the benefits of respiratory muscle training (RMT) using The Breather/Breather Fit and nasal breathing to accelerate recovery from COVID-19: improving COVID-related symptoms, respiratory function, fitness, ability to return to work, cognitive function, and quality of life.

Eligibility criteria include individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) within the last 3 months and who are at least 18 years of age (United States only). If you feel you meet these criteria or would like to learn more about the study, visit PN Medical website and learn more:

Why Respiratory Muscle Training?

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The clearance of airway secretions from the lungs is normally supported by the mucociliary escalator and by cough. These protective mechanisms provide an effective means of pulmonary hygiene in healthy individuals. Patients with neuromuscular or neurodegenerative disease that affects the respiratory pump (the muscles of breathing) and/or patients with an acute illness affecting the respiratory system such as pneumonia can experience mild to profound limitation in both ventilation and cough. Respiratory insufficiency if left untreated, can result in pneumonia and respiratory failure leading to a prolonged hospitalization and recovery, or in some instances even death.

Patients with swallowing problems (dysphagia) following ventilator dependence, or dysphagia associated with a chronic disease diagnosis may also be at risk for aspiration related pneumonia due to impaired timing and co-ordination of breathing and swallowing and/or reduced cough strength.

Even in non-disease states, various studies have shown that healthy adults including athletes can benefit from respiratory muscle training with improvements in endurance and respiratory muscle strength reported. For for older people who are unable to engage in aerobic exercise because of arthritis or other age-related problems, RMT shows a lot of promise for reducing some of the functional deterioration associated with sarcopenia (age related muscle weakness).

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