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Christina of Breathe Live Fit recently compiled a great article explaining everything beneficial to know, so instead of typing extra, im sharing 2 of her articles.
This one is regarding an Incentive Spirometer.
What is it?
I absolutely LOVE the incentive spirometer for people with chronic lung conditions, so if you have one of these stuck under your bathroom sink or in your linen closet… Pull it out.
The incentive spirometer was designed to prevent alveolar collapse (or in layman’s terms… prevent a patient from getting pneumonia and encourage them to take deep breaths).
However, I really love it for monitoring purposes and for people with lung conditions that just aren’t moving around a lot. So much of how a person with a lung condition feels is subjective.
This device allows you to make an objective measurement of how deeply you can inhale. This device is fairly inexpensive and easy to obtain.
The incentive spirometer is made up of a breathing tube, an air chamber, and an speed of flow indicator. It encourages a patient to take long, slow, deep breaths promoting lung expansion and better gas exchange.