Evidence-based Effects of RMT on COPD

Evidence-based Effects of RMT on COPD
As we have seen over the course of a number of blog posts, respiratory muscle training (RMT) can have an incredible effect upon individuals suffering from chronic obstructed pulmonary disease (COPD). Individuals suffering from COPD can suffer from any (or all) of the following:
  • Respiratory muscle weakness
  • Decreased respiratory capacity
  • Reduced peak inspiratory flow (PIF)
  • Hyperinflation
  • The above issues can contribute to a number of problems for COPD patients, including dyspnea, exercise intolerance, diaphragmatic fatigue and failure, and acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD). Any one of these can markedly lower the patient’s quality of life, and experiencing multiple problems at once can serve to complicate diagnosis and treatment. Luckily, RMT offers a way to help COPD patients improve and better their outlook as well as their quality of life. Let’s take a look at some of the different ways that RMT can help COPD patients.

    Respiratory muscle training (RMT)

  • Increases respiratory muscle strength and endurance
  • Improves exercise capacity and endurance
  • Improves hyperinflation
  • Increases PIF
  • Reduces dyspnea
  • Improves blood flow to the limbs during rest and exercise
  • Delays respiratory fatigue
  • Improves diaphragmatic function and velocity
  • Improves autonomic cardiac control
  • Improves sympathetic nerve activity
  • Improves the effects of aerobic exercise
  • Patient Impact

    The evidence shows that RMT alleviates the symptoms of COPD, reduces the economic burden and increases the survival rate. Please take a look at the included references for more detailed information.


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