The Breather®




The Breather® is the first evidence-based Inspiratory/Expiratory Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) device.

The Breather® is a respiratory trainer/exerciser that improves lung strength and capacity by improving oxygen uptake to vital organs. The Breather® is used by patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Dysphagia, and Neuromuscular disease, as well as everyone interested in healthy aging and feeling their best. It trains both inspiratory and expiratory muscles independently with the dial control features.

The expiratory muscles in particular has been shown to improve swallowing and cough, helping people with dysphagia. Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) in athletes and healthy individuals using The Breather® led to improved respiratory functions, heart rate, peripheral muscle strength, and exercise performance. Expiratory Muscle Strength Training (EMST) has been shown to activate the movement of the hyolaryngeal complex, and this improved hyolaryngeal excursion during swallowing helps to facilitate airway protection and assists in opening the upper esophagus. 

Clinical benefits and conditions supported by RMT include:

  • Speech and Swallow Performance
  • Improves respiratory support for safe swallow function
  • Helps in the movement of Hyolaryngeal Complex
  • Improves blood flow to resting and exercising limbs
  • Improved Dyspnea - reduces shortness of breath
  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Vocal Fold Pathologies
  • Peak Cough Flow
  • Laryngeal Function
  • Quality of Life
  • Ventilator / Trach Weaning

How it works:

  • It functions as a therapeutic exerciser for the lungs and breathing muscles.
  • Resistance to inhalation (breathing in) strengthens the diaphragm, the major muscle of breathing, and the accessory muscles of the neck.
  • Resistance to exhalation (breathing out) develops strength and tone in the abdominal muscles.
  • Additionally, exhalation resistance mimics pursed-lip breathing and helps to keep the airways clear of mucus.
  • The Breather is designed for a single user.
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What's Included

  • The Breather®
  • Instructions for use
  • Adult size adaptor
  • Youth size adaptor
  • Dimensions: 129 x 43 x 46mm
  • Weight: 1.6 oz

Target Audience

The Breather® is designed for respiratory, speech, occupational, and physical therapists, as well as patients who are diagnosed with conditions including COPD, asthma, trach / vent weaning, dysphagia, stroke, hypertension, Parkinson’s, chronic heart failure, ICU, and acquired weakness. Many people that are involved in sports use this to help with their muscle training for breathing.


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Customer Reviews

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"I’m an Speech Therapist, very good research shows respiratory strength training can help with voice for this and many other health issues. Using The Breather, a recent patient had immediate improvement with severe vocal weakness (such that person couldn’t be understood)." – Unknown (9.2020)

"I have been a respiratory therapist for 37 years. I do pulmonary rehab now in skilled facilities. I use The Breather for COPD and PTS with dysphagia. With time I see their short of breath decline and ability to ambulate further. I also instruct users to help with anxiety that prevents PTS from doing pursed-lip breathing."Virginia G. (6.2020)

"I’m end-stage emphysema, 23% lung capacity. I began using The Breather about a month ago and have seen tremendous results. My endurance is much better, I don’t use my oxygen as much ( hardly at all during the day) and my overall breathing is better. I would highly recommend the Breather to anyone with respiratory problems, it’s been a game-changer for me!"Michael S. (6. 2020) 

"I have COPD and purchased The Breather to strengthen my diaphragm muscles. I have significantly improved my breathing by using it every day. It also helps to empty your lungs of phlegm which makes breathing so much better. I have and will continue to tell people about how great this product is. Thank you so much. It is worth every penny!!."Robert B. (5. 2020)

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