Muscle-strengthening exercises?

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Muscle-strengthening exercises?

Postby curiousgeorge » Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:30 am

Are there exercises I can do to strength my muscles?

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Re: Muscle-strengthening exercises?

Postby bachjr » Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:34 am

Generally, only muscles with greater than anti-gravity strength can get stronger with exercise. People needing to use ventilators generally do not have respiratory muscles with greater than anti-gravity strength. However, some people who are recuperating from an acute illness may. Exercise will not greatly increase respiratory muscle strength nor prevent episodes of respiratory failure which are generally caused by inability to cough effectively rather than from inspiratory muscle weakness.

More important than “exercise” is mobilization, that is, to mobilize the lungs and chest walls by air stacking, 10 to 15 times three times daily using a manual resuscitator or volume-preset ventilator. People wanting to try respiratory muscle exercise should see the work of Dr. Ditza Gross.

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Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Professor of Neurology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School


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