I have used the breather for 8 months now and my Doctor has taken me off my scheduled breathing medications that I’ve taken for years. I was scared because I was used to them but she said my oxygen numbers are better. I told her, it’s my blue whistle (The Breather) I’ve been using.
After a semi-annual exam, many tests and x-rays, I was diagnosed with lung cancer in both lungs. I had surgery a month apart on each lung. Per the cancer doctor, 30% of each lung was removed. I was lucky, because the cancer was diagnosed early and different cells were found in each lung, which gave an indication that it had not spread from one lung to the other. After my second surgery I was on oxygen and even with that I had difficulty breathing. The pulmonary doctor ordered me to attend physical therapy. It was at that time that I was introduced to the breathing apparatus by the therapist.
I started on the lowest number and although it was difficult to inhale, by the end of the therapy class (8 weeks), I was off the oxygen and was breathing on 5/4 numbers 60 times a day.
At the present time I am cancer free. I have been using the Breather 2 1/2 years and truly believe the Breather helped to improve and expand my lungs and taught me to inhale more deeply and improve my lung capacity. I can do almost everything I did before the surgeries; I just do it slower. I walk my dog, go up and down steps, walk close to 2 miles, as weather permits, or on the treadmill. It taught me to slowly & deeply inhale, using the diaphragm and not to pant like a dog, which is so natural for us to do.
I hope this will help others to look forward to a healthier life with similar surgeries. The Breather has become a part of everyday life.
On March 1, 2014 I was sitting at my desk doing income taxes when I had a stroke, losing movement on my right side lost movement and ability to speak. My grandson came in, saw what was happening and called 911. I spent several weeks in the Hospital and two months in rehab, where the speech therapist showed me The Breather to teach me how to use my diaphragm to fill my lungs completely.
All other equipment FAILED to do the job and to this day, I continue using my BREATHER to improve my lung function at 5,000 FT elevation.
I can now can walk a mile around a running track and work out for 1 to 2 hours at a gym daily.
I breathe so much easier and am able to clear congestion better with the Breather than any other method. I have better results with it than with the prescription inhalers I have used over the years, and there are none of the worrisome “side effects” which accompany so many medications. I find “The Breather” to be quick and easy to use.
I have used my Breather for over two years now and I’m so glad to have it as part of my pulmonary rehabilitation. I have severe COPD, mostly emphysema with only about 40% lung function. I attended a pulmonary rehab program at Florida Hospital for a few weeks in 2013 and received the Breather as part of the program. At that time, I couldn’t walk a quarter of a mile without gasping for breath. Since the rehab program and a daily exercise program which includes 10 minutes using the Breather, I am able to walk 2-4 miles every day and this has vastly improved my quality of life. My pulmonologist is very happy about my progress.
As a result of the Breather I am on less oxygen and only three respiratory medications. I was on 5 meds before and I didn’t want to change because that’s all I’ve known. When I began your program with the Breather I missed a few days but I kept using diaphragm breathing, I became more confident in myself because of the Breather.
The resistive breather has been an essential tool in my home health care medical bag for the past 7 years. Frequently, I use the resistive breather in conjunction with LSVT and traditional voice therapy, as well as with dysphagia patients. It’s easy to use, measurable (PEF and MPT), and patients are likely to comply with daily carry-over.
I would love to let the world know how much my patients and I appreciate your Breather appliance for the treatment of myofunctional disorders.
What I do is to retrain swallowing, chewing and breathing. The Breather has enabled my patients to get control of the muscles in the back of the throat (the pharyngeal area) and their tongue, which in turn increases the oral volume.
Because so many of my patients are prone to obstructive sleep apnea, headaches, and TMJ problems, I have found The Breather to be a major help in the development of a patent airway and correct functioning of the muscles of mastication, breathing, and swallowing.
I teach courses in the field at NYU and many other universities around the world and include your product in our protocol.
We were not seeing progress with typical therapy strategies in this 5 year old child with very poor volume and breathy voice quality in addition to hypernasality and nasal air emission during connected speech until we introduced the Breather. We began using the Breather with the lowest resistance level for both inhalation and exhalation, gradually increasing to the highest resistance levels over a five week period of therapy. Voicing volume improved and nasal air emissions have decreased in connected speech. She enjoys using her special “Blue Blower.” The family practices with the Breather one to two times a day, in addition to more typical speech carry over activities.
I am a primary patient care physician. I also treat elite athletes. I see a variety of applications with the Breather on patients with COPD/restrictive lung disorder, post operative patients necessitating incentive spirometry, as well as athletes who desire to enhance their breathing efficiency and performance.
Subjective comments and exclamations were reported as the following: “I had a greater ability to hold my breath while scuba diving;” “I felt I was able to run further with less breathing effort;” “I had more stamina during the day at work;” “I really felt like there was a lesser feeling of stress at work after two weeks use of the Breather – this thing is incredible.”
The experience using the “Breather”, as part of my Pulmonary Rehab Program, started back in 1990. Our hospital system is still a customer. I purchased the Breather program which included a booklet, tapes, and The Breather. The improvements I was seeing in my patients breathing technique and lung capacity were amazing. I also saw Pulmonary Function Test results improve for patients.
I tell my patients to think of the Breather as using “dumb bells” for your lung strengthening. I even had one patient call it “The Lung Master”. I instruct patients to use it like “weight training” and to count their repetitions and sets. Starting on the 1 : 1 settings, I give them the goal of doing two sets of 15 in the AM of the day and repeat the same in the PM of the day. I use the training journal that is included with the Breather. When a patient reaches the goal with good technique, I will increase the settings and instruct them to again reach for the set goals. This has worked very well over the many years I have been instructing the use of the Breather.
Thank you for such a great device to help those with breathing limitations.