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Muscle tone and getting in shape

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Varmit +0 points · over 3 years ago Original Poster

Question: While we use CPAP, it would seem that all muscle movement in the lungs (at least) is precipitated by the machine, rather than our bodies providing the motive force --- rather like a mechanical leg mover for patients recovering from knee injuries; used especially to keep muscles from freezing.

If this is true, then are we loosing muscle tone and strength on a nightly basis?

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wiredgeorge +0 points · over 3 years ago Sleep Enthusiast

Most folks who notice a change in muscles of the chest complain of sore muscles as they are worked harder. I don't believe one will lose muscle tone when on therapy but I am not a doctor...

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sleeptech +0 points · over 3 years ago Sleep Enthusiast

With CPAP, none of the breathing work is done by the machine. It's all you. All the CPAP does is hold you airway open. All of the movement of air in and out of your lungs is done by your muscles, just like it normally would be, so CPAP does not cause any reduction in muscle tone. If anything, in some cases the respiratory system can improve in its efficiency. That is one of the many good things about CPAP.

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Varmit +0 points · over 3 years ago Original Poster

Thank you very much. That's clear now.

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