TEXTILE REFLEXES – WEARABLE BREATHING TRAINER
The wearable breathing trainer is a project by Hellen van Rees together with the following partners: University of Twente, Medisch Spectrum Twente, Saxion University of Applied Science and Ocon. The project is made possible by the Pioneers in Healthcare fund and the Dutch Creative Industries Fund.
Dysfunctional breathing is defined as an inappropriate mode of breathing, causing respiratory and non-respiratory symptoms. A dysfunctional breathing pattern can present with a broad spectrum of symptoms mimicking a variety of respiratory diseases. Frequent symptoms are excessive upper chest and accessory muscle activity mimicking asthma, chest pain/tightness, hyperventilation, and breathlessness during submaximal exercise. Symptoms usually are aggravated by stress and recover by relaxation, and there is no decline in lung function.