SCOTTSDALE, AZ - July 31, 2009 - PowerLung is an easy to use, hand-held breathing device proven by independent clinical studies to increase lung capacity and improve your breathing so you can race faster, dive deeper, perform longer, exercise easier, and, overall, breathe better. The PowerLung is not only used by athletes, but also by those recovering from surgery or who are suffering from COPD, lung cancer or ALS - Lou Gehrig's disease.
ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that usually attacks both upper and lower motor neurons and causes degeneration throughout the brain and spinal cords. The weakening and paralysis continue to spread to the muscles of the trunk of the body the disease, eventually affects speech, swallowing, chewing and breathing. When the breathing muscles become affected, ultimately, the patient will need permanent ventilator support in order to survive. This process can sometimes be slowed or made more comfortable with a breathing assistance device. The PowerLung can do just that, as it strengthens the lungs and expands their capacity.
"Some people like to use a Power Lung, a drug-free, easy-to-use, handheld breathing trainer. You can set inspiratory and expiratory resistance differently, based on suggestions from your respiratory therapist or physician. We think it helps maintain respiratory muscle ability but we need research to understand the impact of these exercises," says Edward Kasarskis, MD, PhD is Director of the University of Kentucky ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.
PowerLung allows those who are slowly loosing lung capacity to exercise in a comfortable fashion. With continued use, individual are able to slow the effects of degeneration and improve their breathing. A key aspect of the PowerLung is the only product available that will improve the muscles that support your lungs for both inhaling and exhaling all in the same breath.
"I am a PowerLung user and I have ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, and my lung capacity usually decreases at the rate of 1 to 2 percent a month after diagnose. After 6 years my FVC is still at 67 percent and oxygen rate of 97 percent. My doctors are amazed and recommend every ALS patient use the PowerLung. I use it every day and know it has extended my life. I tell every person living with ALS to use it. Thank you for helping me fight my battle", said Calvin Hobbs on the PowerLung website.