Respiratory muscle training (RMT) with steam inhalation offers a new regime for battling the Coronavirus infection. RMT can strengthen the lungs to better resist the disease (1) and to recover faster from the disease (2). To prevent the severe symptoms, you may get beneficial effects even after five days’ training (1). Stronger breathing muscles can also help coping with the breathing masks.
According to the scientific evidence, humidity and temperature can weaken infectivity of the respiratory viruses and thus decrease morbidity. Also, SARS-CoV2 on nasal secretions has been shown to be sensitive to the environment’s heat and humidity (3).
The device developed in Finland (WellO2) combines counter pressure breathing and steam inhalation and is ideal for rehabilitation of the respiratory system by strengthening lung function. It also improves the defence mechanisms of the respiratory mucosa against viruses by increasing the temperature and humidity in the airways.
The slow recovery from the disease caused by the SARS-CoV2 virus often seems to be associated with lung dysfunction, which can take up to several months without rehabilitation. Respiratory rehabilitation has been shown to significantly improve respiratory function, anxiety, and quality of life in people over 65 who recover from infection (2).
Studies show that counter-pressure breathing exercises promote recovery from lung infection caused by COVID-19 disease. Respiratory training would be particularly important for those at risk, over the age of 70, and for those with a chronic lung disease such as asthma or COPD (4). Faster recovery is also important socio-economically since the disease causes not only human suffering but also a significant economic loss in the form of hospitalizations and sick leave. It is estimated that one day of illness will cost about 350 euros.
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WellO2 - Breathe better, feel better
WellO2 - a non medical breathing exercise device that strengthens and cleanses the lungs. WellO2 combine resisted breathing and steam breathing in new patented way. The counter pressure opens airways and strengthens breathing muscles. Warm steam moisturizes the mucous membranes of the airways and helps reduce airway irritation. Over 40 000 units sold in the Nordics.
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