Inside the casing of the Shaker Plus is a weighted ball. By breathing into the Shaker Plus, the ball is raised, but then falls under its own weight. This rise and fall action happens extremely quickly and to the user, feels like a vibration. This vibration, combined with the gentle resistance created by breathing against the ball causes a number of positive benefits. Changes in air pressure mean the smaller airways are encouraged to open, increasing lung usage and efficiency. Mucus is thinned or dislodged by the vibration and increased airflow helps this mucus to move to the large airways where gentle coughing can expel it.
Shaker Plus can be used anywhere, offering simple and convenient relief from excessive mucus and its associated problems. Shaker Plus can be used for chronic conditions such as COPD, asthma, emphysema and acute problems like chesty coughs, flu and bronchitis. By clearing the airways the chances of developing lung infections and damaging the lungs is reduced. Lung function is also improved, reducing breathlessness and fatigue.
By positioning the device so that it generates the maximum vibration in the lungs, you should be able to gently cough and expel any secretions or mucus.
Regular sessions with the Shaker of between 5 to 15 minutes produce a beneficial effect, equivalent to that delivered by physiotherapy techniques.
The Shaker Plus should not be used by patients with the following conditions:
Because your Shaker Plus will be exposed to saliva during use, we recommend that your Shaker Plus is cleaned after use. Remove the mouthpiece, unscrew the cover and remove the ball and internal cone. Wash all parts in soapy water, rinse with clean water, dry thoroughly and re-assemble. Once a week we recommend that the device is cleansed using approved cleansing tablets, such as POWERbreathe Cleansing Tablets. You can also use a solution that is intended for use on equipment that comes into contact with the mouth, such as that used for babies’ bottles. If in doubt, ask your pharmacist. It can also be cleaned in an autoclave.