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How to Use an Incentive Spirometer

How to Use an Incentive Spirometer

Those with lung disease know too well how hard the simple act of breathing can become. The good news is that you can do something to help your body breathe more easily.  Choosing the right foods, exercising and breathing exercises are effective ways to increase lung capacity. Another way to improve lung function is by using an incentive spirometer. An incentive spirometer measures and improves lung function. All Lung Institute patients receive an incentive spirometer after receiving stem cell therapy.

Here’s how to use an incentive spirometer.

Spirometers come in different types. If you have a Lung Institute spirometer, click here for a printable PDF that explains how to set up and use your incentive spirometer. Once you have set up the spirometer, there are exercises that you can do to strengthen your lung muscles, which will make it easier for you to breathe.

How to Set Up your Lung Institute Incentive Spirometer:

Step 1: Identify the mouthpiece and tubing.

Incentive Spirometer Step 1

Step 2: Insert the mouth piece into the tubing.

Incentive Spirometer Step 2

Step 3: Identify the airflow meter and base.

Incentive Spirometer Step 3

Step 4: Insert the airflow meter into the base.

Incentive Spiromter Step 4

Step 5: Identify where the tubing attaches to the airflow meter.

Incentive Spirometer Step 5

Step 6: Attach the tubing to the airflow meter.

Incentive Spirometer Step 6

Step 7: Set the airflow dial to a starting flow of 210.

Incentive Spirometer Step 7

How To Use a Spirometer:

  • Take a deep breath.
  • Exhale slowly into the mouthpiece. Use your airflow to raise the ball to the top of the tube, holding it there for 3 seconds.
  • Repeat for 10 repetitions.
  • Do this 2-3 times per day for the next 6 months.
  • Every 4 weeks, turn the airflow dial to the next setting. Each turn of the dial increases the resistance to your airflow, challenging your lungs to work harder.
  • The goal is to train your lungs to expand and accommodate more air, increasing the benefits of your stem cell treatment.

Using an incentive spirometer exercises your lungs and keeps your alveoli inflated. This will increase your lungs’ capacity to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide.

A recent study published in the medical journal Respirology found that continuous use of an incentive spirometer can improve the quality of life for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The study showed no improvement in lung function with spirometer use, however the amount of oxygen in the blood and overall health did improve.

Lung diseases are progressive, and while improving lung function is difficult, improving your overall quality of life is possible. Many lung disease sufferers experience significant improvement in their lives after receiving stem cell therapy from the Lung Institute. If you or a loved one suffers from lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help. Contact one of our patient coordinators today at (800) 729-3065.


  1. PB

    11 months ago

    Hello Doris,

    Here’s some more information about incentive spirometers. For more information about incentive spirometers and how to use them, we recommend speaking with your doctor or pulmonologist. We hope this information helps.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Doris Mulero

    11 months ago

    Under “How To Use Spirometer,” why does it say exhale into the mouthpiece slowly? I thought an incentive spirometer was used for deep breathing exercises?

  3. Maren Auxier

    1 year ago

    Hi Robert,

    Thanks for reading our article. We have a clinic in Nashville that would be closest to you. Please feel free to reach out to one of our patient coordinators at (800) 729-3065 for more information.



  4. Robert Hopkins

    1 year ago

    Do you have anything near Springfield, MO? Thanks.

  5. Maren Auxier

    1 year ago

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for your comment! We have a clinic in Scottsdale. Please feel free to call one of our patient coordinators at (855) 313-1149 to see if you qualify.



  6. Linda Thomas

    1 year ago

    Is there a office in SunCity AZ area?
    Would like to see if I qualify for this research.
    Thank you

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