This video demonstrates how to properly use and clean the breather.
BREATHER – THE DEVICE
The primary mouthpiece was scientifically designed to help patients with poor mouth grip. You will use this mouthpiece to perform your daily training regimen. The Breather has one side numbered one through six labeled inhale. The other side is numbered one through five, labeled exhale. The dials adjust independently of each other. As you progress through training, your inhalation settings can be different from your exhalation settings.
BREATHER – USING THE PRE-SESSION CHECKLIST
Having a pre-session checklist is an optimal way to improve your success rate with using the breather. First, be mindful of how you’re feeling right before you start a session. Second, check your posture. Third, begin with the easiest inhalation and exhalation resistances by rotating both dials to number one. Fourth, it is very important that you use the diaphragmatic breathing technique. Fifth, secure the mouthpiece with your lips making sure not to bite down on the mouth piece. Sixth, if you can’t complete the prescribed number of reps and sets in a session, pace yourself.
USING THE BREATHER
A rapid inhale, slight pause, and quick forceful exhale is the optimal technique you want to master.
After exhaling slowly through pursed lips, secure the Breather in your hand and inhale deeply and forcefully for approximately two to three seconds. Notice your stomach and rib cage and the muscles in your neck as you breathe in against resistance. Be sure to relax your upper chest and shoulders. Pause slightly under a second.
Now, exhale forcefully for two to three seconds. Do not puff your cheeks. You want the exhaled resistance to be generated from your airways, not your cheeks. It is most important not to breathe through your nose.
HOW TO CLEAN THE BREATHER
We recommend cleaning it throughout the week and even daily. DO NOT put it in the dishwasher. Wash it by hand with water and a small amount of mild dishwashing soap. Rinse the Breather well. Shake off excess water and air dry. When fully dry, it can be stored away. We have advanced cleaning recommendations for medical professionals or immunocompromised patients. Contact us at [email protected] for more details.