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The Shaker Classic by POWERbreathe is an easy to use respiratory device for breaking down secretions of the airways, such as mucus and catarrh. It is helpful for improving breathing in people suffering from respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis, asthma and chronic bronchitis. It is also suitable for both children and adults.
Each Shaker mucus clearance device requires a minimum pressure of cmH2O when exhaling through to be most beneficial. The Shaker Medic Plus requires the least amount of pressure and the Shaker Deluxe requires the most. This Shaker Classic requires 9cmH2O.
This Shaker Classic is a gravity-dependent OPEP (oscillatory positive expiratory pressure) device and a 2018 study found “the gravity-dependent devices were the ones to display close mechanical performances and produce optimal operational parameters at the simulated exhalation settings.”
For hygienic reasons, the Shaker is for individual use only.
Inside the casing of the Shaker Classic is a weighted ball. By breathing into the Shaker Classic, 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.
The Shaker Classic can be used anywhere, offering simple and convenient relief from excessive mucus and its associated problems. Shaker Classic 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.
How To Use
It is best if you use the Shaker either sitting down or lying down, as you may become dizzy while using the device. If you do become dizzy, stop performing the exercise and breathe calmly through your nose.
The ability to rotate the mouthpiece enables you to use the Shaker device while reclining. Physiotherapists refer to this as postural drainage. Additionally when lying down, make sure your head is slightly elevated.
You may need to adapt the exercise to achieve the greatest and most effective vibration in your rib cage. This can be done by experimenting with the incline of the device and the intensity of the expired airflow.
Minimum pressure required when using Shaker products:
Care & Maintenance
Your Shaker Classic will be exposed to saliva during use; we, therefore, recommend that your Shaker Classic 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.
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