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Having clear lungs is important for good health. Clear lungs ensure that oxygen passes to the organs in our body, meaning they function well. Chronic breathing problems such as COPD, asthma and emphysema are often aggravated by build-ups of phlegm, which impacts this transport of oxygen. The Shaker Deluxe breaks down mucus and catarrh to improve lung function.
OPEP device- This gravity-dependent OPEP (oscillatory positive expiratory pressure) device is easy to use for mobilising pulmonary secretions such as mucus and catarrh. 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.”
How the Shaker Deluxe clears mucus- There is a weighted ball inside the Shaker Deluxe which raises when breathing into the device and then falls under its own weight. This rise and fall action happens very quickly and 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. The 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.
Increase expectoration- The Shaker Deluxe is the next generation model that employs improved airflow for higher intensity vibrations. Excellent for increasing expectoration, improving lung function and reducing dyspnoea. It is particularly beneficial for conditions such as COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchiectasis and Bronchitis.
Improve lung function- The Shaker Deluxe helps to open the airways, improving breathing efficiency. This reduces the risk of infection, fatigue and breathlessness.
Range of pressures to suit breathing ability- Each Shaker Deluxe mucus clearance device requires a minimum pressure of cmH2O when exhaling through to be most beneficial. The Shaker Deluxe Light and Shaker Deluxe Kids require the least amount of pressure and the Shaker Deluxe requires the most.
Economical- Prescription asthma inhalers and respiratory aids can be costly and need to be replaced. Whereas the Shaker Deluxe can be used repeatedly, all you need to do is wash it after use.
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
Because your Shaker Deluxe will be exposed to saliva during use, we recommend that your Shaker Deluxe is cleaned after use. Remove the mouthpiece, unscrew the back case 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.
Declaration of Conformity
– October 18, 2021
I just got mine in the mail and been using it for four days or so. I can’t believe how effective it is in getting the mucus out. Why didn’t my doctor tell me about this?
To be very honest, I was half expecting to be disappointed, as usual, like with the NEWEST prescription that they say is the be-all and end-all – only $$$ per month I don’t have. But then, it worked and worked well!!
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