Will the Aerobika* Device Help Me?
The Aerobika* device is clinically supported and easy-to-use, providing an improved quality of life by reducing cough and shortness of breath.1 If you have questions about the device, how it works, or the clinical studies, see the FAQs below or contact us today.
See the difference 3 weeks can make2
In COPD and Chronic Bronchitis, mucus gradually builds up causing large areas of the lungs to become ineffective.
Move the slider to the right to view blocked lungs (black areas) before using the Aerobika* device.
Move the slider to the left to view unblocked lungs (teal areas)2 after 3 weeks of using the Aerobika* device.
A recent study published in the Journal of COPD reported that for patients with excess mucus, daily use of the Aerobika* device resulted in clinically meaningful changes in quality of life.1
What is COPD?
COPD is an acronym for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It is a general term for people with Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema, or both. Chronic Bronchitis is persistent inflammation of the airways of the lungs whereas emphysema is damage to the smaller airways and air sacs of the lungs. In Canada it is estimated 1.5 million people have COPD. Globally it is estimated that 340 million people have COPD.
What are the COPD symptoms?
People with COPD usually have one or more of these symptoms:3
- a cough that lasts a long time (longer than 3 months)
- a cough with mucus
- feeling short of breath
- lung infections (the flu, acute bronchitis, pneumonia, etc) that may last longer than other people you know
- wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe)
- feeling tired
- losing weight without trying
Feeling short of breath is not a normal sign of aging. Talk to your healthcare professional if you are short of breath when doing everyday tasks like walking up the stairs.
What are the signs of excess mucus in the lungs?
People who have excess mucus build-up in their lungs may experience one or all of these symptoms:3
- Persistent cough
- Shortness of breath
- Recurring lung infections
- Difficulty walking long distances
- Challenges performing daily tasks
Why is mucus bad?
Not all mucus is bad. In ‘healthy’ lungs, it is produced to trap and get rid of foreign particles or bacteria that get into the airways. Mucus is then cleared by tiny hairs on the walls of the lungs called cilia, which beat back and forth sweeping it to the upper airways where it can be coughed out. But, some diseases produce excess mucus in response to irritation or bacteria in the airways, while the ability of the lungs to remove the extra mucus slows down – trapping it in the smaller airways and making it more difficult to breathe. This can cause shortness of breath, difficulty in doing simple chores, and poor quality of life. If not addressed, excess mucus can lead to lung infections4 and make your condition worse.5
Click here to view a 2 minute video about how mucus builds-up, and how the Aerobika* device can help.
How does the Aerobika* device work?
When you have COPD or Chronic Bronchitis, excess mucus can build-up in the lungs resulting in symptoms. As you exhale through the device, the airways are opened. As the airways open, vibrations help thin and loosen mucus which can then be expelled.
How does this work with my current prescription medicine?
The Aerobika* device is DRUG-FREE, and is designed to be an add-on therapy to your existing medications. You should continue to take your prescribed medications.
How often should I use it?
We recommend using the device twice daily in the morning and at night. Start with a few minutes, slowly moving up to 10 minutes at a time, as you are comfortable. The Aerobika* device is compact and portable and can easily go with you on your travels.
See the video on how to use the Aerobika* device.
Health conditions vary. Always consult with your healthcare practitioner about diagnosis and treatment and ask them about how the Aerobika* device may help you.
How to use Aerobika*
How to sleep better
How to stay active
How to breathe while eating
How to avoid infections
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2 Eur Respir J 2014; P3679
3 http://www.lung.ca/lung-health/lung-disease/copd/symptoms accessed on 30 Oct 2015
4 Burgel PR, Martin C. Mucus hypersecretion in COPD: should we only rely on symptoms?. European Respiratory Review 2010;19(116):94-96.
5 Donaldson GC, Seemungal TAR, Bhowmik A, Wedzicha JA. Relationship between exacerbation frequency and lung function decline in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Thorax 2002;57:847-852.