Can EWOT help with Asthma Management?

Brad Pitzele

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03-05-2024

Living with asthma can be challenging, especially when it comes to managing symptoms and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, times are changing. Recent advancements in respiratory therapies offer new hope for asthma patients. One promising approach is Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT), which combines physical activity with supplemental oxygen to enhance lung function and overall well-being. Patients dealing with asthma have reported great results with consistent EWOT sessions. 

EWOT has helped asthmatic patients get back to exercise after years of struggle and pain and improve their existing quality of life. 

In this blog, we will explore how EWOT can aid in asthma management alongside traditional exercises and precautions to consider.

Understanding Asthma

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition characterized by inflammation and narrowing of the airways, leading to symptoms like wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. It affects people of all ages and can vary in severity from mild to severe. Triggers for asthma symptoms can include allergens, pollutants, respiratory infections, exercise, and stress. While medication plays a crucial role in controlling asthma symptoms, lifestyle modifications, including regular exercise, are equally important for long-term management.

The Importance of Exercise for Asthma Patients

Contrary to popular belief, exercise is highly beneficial for asthma patients. Regular physical activity helps improve lung function, strengthens respiratory muscles, and enhances overall cardiovascular health. Additionally, exercise can reduce stress, boost mood, and improve sleep quality, contributing to better asthma control. However, asthma patients need to choose exercises that are gentle on the respiratory system and to be mindful of their limitations.

Exercises that You Can Do with Asthma

While some exercises may trigger asthma symptoms, many are asthma-friendly and can be safely incorporated into your routine. Here are a few examples:

  1. Walking: A low-impact exercise like walking is gentle on the joints and can be easily tailored to your fitness level. Aim for brisk walks in well-ventilated areas to reap the maximum benefits.
  2. Yoga: Yoga focuses on controlled breathing techniques and gentle movements, making it an excellent choice for asthma patients. Practices like pranayama (breath control) and asanas (poses) can improve lung capacity and reduce stress.
  3. Swimming: Swimming is ideal for asthma patients as the humid environment helps keep airways moist and less likely to constrict. Water buoyancy also reduces joint stress while providing a full-body workout.
  4. Racquet Sports: Activities like tennis or badminton offer a good mix of cardiovascular exercise and agility training. Just be mindful of outdoor allergens or indoor air quality if playing indoors.

How Can EWOT Help Asthma Patients?

Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT) involves breathing supplemental oxygen using an 10 LPM EWOT System during physical activity to increase oxygen delivery to tissues and improve workout performance. For asthma patients, EWOT can provide several benefits:

  • Enhanced Oxygenation: Asthma often leads to decreased oxygen levels during exercise due to airway constriction. EWOT ensures adequate oxygen supply, reducing the risk of hypoxia and improving endurance.
  • Reduced Breathlessness: Supplemental oxygen can alleviate breathlessness associated with asthma, allowing patients to engage in longer and more intense workouts comfortably.
  • Improved Recovery: Oxygen therapy promotes faster recovery by removing metabolic waste products and reducing muscle fatigue after exercise sessions.
  • Increased Exercise Tolerance: By optimizing oxygen delivery, using a concentrator and oxygen workout mask, EWOT enables asthma patients to tolerate higher levels of physical exertion without triggering symptoms, thereby improving overall fitness levels.

Precautions and Considerations When Using EWOT

While EWOT can be beneficial for asthma management, it's essential to use it under supervision and with proper precautions:

  • Consultation: Before starting EWOT or any new exercise regimen, consult with your healthcare provider to ensure it's safe for your condition and to receive personalized recommendations.
  • Correct Equipment: Invest in a high-quality EWOT machine and oxygen workout mask to ensure proper oxygen delivery and minimize the risk of complications.
  • Monitor Symptoms: Pay close attention to how your body responds during exercise with oxygen therapy. Stop immediately and seek medical attention if you experience worsening asthma symptoms or discomfort.
  • Hydration: Adequate hydration is crucial when using EWOT to prevent dehydration and maintain optimal lung function.
  • Pacing: Start slowly with EWOT machine equipment and gradually increase the duration and intensity of workouts as tolerated. Avoid pushing yourself too hard, especially if you're new to exercise or have been inactive.

Tips for Incorporating Exercise and Oxygen Therapy into Daily Life

  • Create a Routine: Establish a regular exercise schedule and incorporate EWOT sessions into your daily routine to ensure consistency and maximize benefits.
  • Start Slow: Begin with short, low-intensity workouts and gradually increase the duration and intensity as your fitness improves.
  • Listen to Your Body: Respect your body's limits and adjust the intensity of your workouts as needed. Remember that progress takes time, so be patient and persistent.
  • Stay Consistent: Consistency is critical to reaping the long-term benefits of exercise and oxygen therapy. Find activities you enjoy and make them a priority in your life.

Final Thoughts

Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT) holds promise as a complementary approach to asthma management, offering a safe and effective way to improve lung function, endurance, and overall quality of life. When used alongside traditional exercises and under healthcare professionals' guidance, EWOT can empower asthma patients to lead active and fulfilling lives despite their condition. As per one of the users of One Thousand Roads Ewot systems,

“This asthmatic can finally do cardio!

The One Thousand Roads EWOT system has been life-changing. I’ve had exercise-induced asthma since I was a teenager, and I haven’t done cardio more than a handful of times in the last 15 years because of the severe respiratory pain it caused. The first time I used the EWOT system, I was able to sustain 15 minutes of zone 3 cardio on an attack bike with no pain and instead experienced the endorphin rush everyone else describes after good cardio! It’s transformed my health.”

By incorporating the One Thousand Roads EWOT systems into your asthma management plan, you can confidently take control of your health and enjoy the benefits of regular physical activity.

Remember to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise or oxygen therapy regimen and to listen to your body's signals throughout your journey toward better asthma control.

Author Bio

Brad Pitzele

We wanted to make the high-quality, affordable EWOT systems to help people like myself, suffering through chronic illnesses, to regain their health and their quality of life.

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