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It’s important to have clear lungs to allow oxygen to be passed to the organs in our body so that they function well. Chronic breathing problems like asthma, COPD and emphysema can cause a build-up of phlegm that makes it hard for oxygen to be passed. The Shaker Wellness Plus is a drug-free solution that clears mucus from the lungs and improves breathing.
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 Wellness Plus clears mucus- There is a weighted ball inside the Shaker Wellness Plus which raises when breathing into the device and then falls under its own weight. This rise and fall action happens extremely quickly and feels like a vibration. The generation of these oscillations or interruptions induce shear forces on the mucus layer and, mechanically reduce the viscoelasticity of airway mucus; thus, enhancing mucociliary clearance and ciliary beat.
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 Wellness Plus 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.
The major benefit of the Shaker Wellness Plus ‘multi-user’ version is that it can be reused when sterilised in an autoclave between uses.
Improve lung function- The Shaker Wellness Plus helps to open the airways, improving breathing efficiency. This reduces the risk of infection, fatigue and breathlessness.
8cmH2O pressure- Each Shaker OPEP device requires a minimum pressure of cmH2O when exhaling, with Shaker Wellness Plus requiring the least amount of pressure and the Shaker Deluxe requiring the most. This Shaker Wellness Plus requires 8cmH2O.
Economical- Prescription asthma inhalers and respiratory aids can be costly and need to be replaced. Whereas the Shaker Wellness Plus 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 Wellness Plus will be exposed to saliva during use, we recommend that your Shaker Wellness Plus is cleaned after each use, following standard autoclave processes.
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