Respiratory Trainers for Blood Pressure Reduction

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Hi NewRon, I have no experience with these but just read the first article on IMST. It is very interesting. I’ll read the other articles soon. For me the information is impressive enough that I thought I’d like to try it. Looks like the third article has a review of the available devices. My only concern is that I have always had low blood pressure. The article highlights the lowering of BP and does not mention what the effect is on those with already lower than normal BP. (I wouldn’t want to pass out!)

Have you tried it?
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floramaria wrote:
NewRon wrote:
My only concern is that I have always had low blood pressure. The article highlights the lowering of BP and does not mention what the effect is on those with already lower than normal BP. (I wouldn’t want to pass out!)
My recollection, when I read the actual study some months ago is the absolute drop was rather small. I play with breathing, so was intrigued, but when I saw the small effect size, I wasn't motivated to try it.

There are other breathing techniques with known BP effects, that don't require equipment. I don't think they would lower anything to levels below normal.
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No, I haven't tried it but I think I will. I know Tincup says the reduction may be small, but it's new gadget to play with, for God's sake ;)
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NewRon wrote:No, I haven't tried it but I think I will. I know Tincup says the reduction may be small, but it's new gadget to play with, for God's sake ;)
I have a powerbreathe trainer (https://www.powerbreathe.com/) they are pretty cheap. I have been using the protocol described in the paper for about 3 months. I have gotten much stronger on the device (you can just turn a dial to make it harder). I don't know if it has impacted my blood pressure. It is a fun kind of challenge.
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Why did you buy it, if not for blood pressure reduction? I'm curious!
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NewRon wrote:Why did you buy it, if not for blood pressure reduction? I'm curious!
Oh, I did buy it / start using it for the blood pressure reduction highlighted in that publication. It's just that I don't have any type of home blood pressure measuring device. The powerbreathe was only about $60. Over the past 5-10 years, whenever I get my blood pressure checked, sometimes it reads out fine, but some of the time that top number comes in a little high. so 125 / 75, or something like that. The paper suggested strengthening the breathing muscles could lower that top number, I thought I would give it a try. Next month my workplace has the annual health fair / flu shot / blood test thing, and I always do that. So I can report back to see if there is any change in my BP.

Also, just for clarification- I also love buying new exercise type devices and trying them out. And I have never before used anything like this to strengthen the inspiratory muscles. Weird sensation to have trouble breathing in, but satisfying over the past ~3 months to see my progress. I also like to tracking my workouts and see how things might improve.
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Family Tree Guy wrote:Next month my workplace has the annual health fair / flu shot / blood test thing, and I always do that. So I can report back to see if there is any change in my BP.
Yes, please do report back and let us know.
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With paying out $60 for the Power Breathe, why not pay another $20-30 for a simple BP device? Everyone should have one...as well as a blood glucose machine, I think!
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floramaria wrote:
Family Tree Guy wrote:Next month my workplace has the annual health fair / flu shot / blood test thing, and I always do that. So I can report back to see if there is any change in my BP.
Yes, please do report back and let us know.
Will do! check back in 2-3 weeks
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