Bronchiectasis, COPD Effectively Treated Using Aerobika OPEP, According To Robarts R


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Bronchiectasis, COPD Effectively Treated Using Aerobika OPEP, According To Robarts Research Institute

Aerobika OPEPA recent study conducted at the Robarts Research Institute at Western University in London, UK, demonstrated the effectiveness of the drug-free Aerobika device for the treatment of both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchiectasis after three weeks of use every day. The device was developed and commercialized by Monaghan Medical Corporation and is used by many leading hospitals in the United States.
The study demonstrated that patients using Aerobika daily for three weeks increased mucus clearance, decreased cough frequency and breathlessness, and enhanced exercise tolerance. In addition, the scientists also discovered that the device induces an overall increase in the quality of life without side effects, as reported by the patients themselves who tested the device.
“The results from the Robarts study provide compelling evidence that patients suffering from COPD, Cystic Fibrosis (CF) or Bronchiectasis can now have an improved quality of life and a safe and easy-to-use method to address the unmet need of mucus clearance and potentially reduce the need for hospitalization,” said the Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Monaghan Medical Corporation, Dominic Coppolo.
The researchers assessed Aerobika’s effectiveness through the Pulmonary Function Test, Six Minute Walk Test, the St. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ), the Patient Evaluation Questionnaire (PEQ), and Hyperpolarized Helium-3 Magnetic Resonance Lung Imaging (3He MRI).

The results of the study corroborate a different study conducted by Trudell Medical International (TMI), which revealed the safety and effectiveness of Aerobika for the treatment of COPD, as previously reported by Lung Disease News. The findings of the study were recently presented at the 2014 European Respiratory Society (ERS) Conference in Munich, Germany.
The Aerobika Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure (OPEP) device is a treatment that does not require any drugs, but uses a proprietary pressure-oscillation dynamic, which is able to offer intermittent resistance, as well as positive pressure and oscillations at the same time. With these movements and pressure, the device releases and clears mucus, unclogging the airways. The device was recently granted the Gold medal at the Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA), a contest that recognizes innovative medical devices that are able to improve patients’ care and quality of life.
COPD is characterized by excessive mucus, which causes difficulty in breathing. When the mucus clogs the lungs, it can cause bacteria and infections, and in severe cases exacerbations, hospitalizations, and even death. The disease affects over 24 million people in the United States alone, costing the country $50 billion per year in medical expenses and lost productivity.


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I bought one of these when they first came out as I like to test new things. My advice is don't waste your money.

If you want something that really does work, I recommend the PowerLung.

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Comparison Review: Comparing PowerLung with UltraBreathe, Expand-a-Lung, SportsBreather, PowerBreathe and Others
July 26, 2010 by Steven Kirchhof Better Health Innovations

PowerLung is an effective device that gives your lungs a workout and improves lung capacity, oxygen intake, shortness of breath, etc. We discussed how they work, benefits, and why PowerLung is superior to their competitors. This review gives an in-depth look at Powerlung vs. others on the market such as UltraBreathe, Expand-a-Lung, SportsBreather, PowerBreathe, etc.

PowerLung is completely different than the majority of these devices. The PowerLung works based on threshold resistance while most the competing units work based on restrictive resistance. The restrictive resistance models have shown to provide no benefit to the user, and can even cause negative effects. In addition, PowerLung works both your inhale and exhale muscles.

Restrictive Resistance

Breathing improvement devices such as SportsBreather (formerly “The Breather), UltraBreathe, and Expand-a-Lung use restrictive resistance.
We can keep this simple, because it really is: Imagine breathing through a straw, that’s all it is. These devices may look fancy because you can adjust the opening, but you could achieve the same effect by using different sized straws. In fact, the inventor of Expand-a-Lung said himself in Swimming Technique Magazine that “they take any pipe they can find, cap it, put a mouthpiece on it and put a pinhole through it… mine is no different…”.

In a study of COPD patients, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the University of California found you may not get any benefit from these types of devices even if you increase the amount you use it and even it you decrease the size of the opening. This peer-reviewed study was conducted by Michael J. Belman, MD, and published in 1990.

So, for devices that use restrictive breathing, you can do it yourself free. it is called whistling. While you may be able to carry a nice tune, it will not improve your breathing function any more than these models will.

Threshold Resistance

PowerLung uses threshold resistance, which is similar to lifting weights. The weight creates resistance, forcing your muscles to work in order to move them. The more you lift weights, the stronger your muscles become. This is virtually identical to what you are doing with PowerLung, your breathing power is forcing the movement of the mechanism of the device. Independent studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of threshold resistance in improving breathing.

With threshold resistance, you are moving something with your muscles, not just blowing air.

There are other units on the market that use threshold resistance, like the PowerBreathe. However, unlike the PowerLung, these devices only work your inhale muscles. You may breath in and out of them, but when exhaling, there is no resistance. PowerLung works both the inhale and exhale muscles of your lungs, and the resistance may be easily set differently for each.

Other Considerations

Unlike others, PowerLung is made in the USA, comes with a DVD guide, and carrying case, and has toll free phone support. In addition, PowerLung is the only device on the market with independent testing that indicates a 25% increase in lung capacity and a 20% increase in respiratory power. Keep in mind that many other device manufacturers may site research studies, but in virtually all cases these studies were not independent and were performed by the manufacturer.