Inspiratory muscle training for people with SCI

People with spinal cord injury at the cervical or thoracic level may experience problems caused by weakness or paralysis of some of the breathing muscles.

Inspiratory muscle training (IMT) describes several techniques in which simple equipment is used to strengthen the muscles used to breathe in (inspire). The equipment is used to make breathing in more challenging. This causes the breathing muscles to work harder, so that they can adapt and become stronger with training.

This can help prevent respiratory problems and infections. Please click on the links below to find out more about IMT. You are advised to consult with your spinal specialist or physiotherapist to see if IMT is recommended for you.

You may consult your medical specialists via Telehealth. View the ‘What about people with spinal cord injury (SCI)?’ page to find out more about this option.

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Do you have questions? Contact ParaQuad:  paraquad@paraquad.org.au