Breathing disorders are often treated with inhalers, but there is a drug-free alternative called AirPhysio. We find out more from the experts
● What conditions is AirPhysio suitable to treat?
OPEP therapy has proven to be an effective means of clearing the airway for individuals with any of the following respiratory conditions: Cystic Fibrosis; Asthma; Bronchiectasis; Atelectasis; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPDs), such as Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema; Other conditions producing retained secretions.
● Is AirPhysio drug-based?
AirPhysio is a drug-free handheld lung physiotherapy device. It uses an all-natural Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure (OPEP) process to create pressure and vibration causing mucus to loosen and move progressively up the airways until it can be coughed out or swallowed.
● How does it work?
AirPhysio uses a technology called OPEP or Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure. When you exhale through the device, a positive pressure is created in your lungs which will assist in strengthening and expansion. As your lung strength increases, your breath will vibrate the steel ball. The steel ball movement creates an oscillating pressure to assist in vibration of the airways which will loosen mucus from the airway walls.
● How often should it be used?
Up to 5 mins, 1 to 3 times a day or as required
● Is it suitable for everyone?
The device should be used by people from the age of 5 (children should be supervised)
● Can multiple users share one AirPhysio?
Yes. Simply clean the device between uses from person to person.
● Can it be used with filters?
The device does not require a filter to operate correctly. Some people prefer to use the disposable filter to trap more bacterial matter in the filter, preventing recirculation and improving device cleanliness longevity.
● What is the difference between the Average, Sports and Children’s models?
All models assist with improving lung capacity and breathing. The Average (Adult) or Children (Adult or Children from 5 years) versions are designed for those with respiratory conditions such as Asthma and COPD. The Sports version is designed with a larger ball bearing, providing more resistance for those with healthy lungs.
● Is it suitable for post-surgical patients?
AirPhysio can also be used as an adjunctive therapy to help prevent pulmonary complications in patients after surgery (i.e. cardiac and abdominal surgeries) and, facilitates secretion mobilization, prevents atelectasis, and increases lung volume of patients postoperatively.
● Where do I find out more about Air Physio?
Also available at select Pharmacies throughout the UK: