AirPhysio is a drug-free handheld airway physiotherapy device. The device uses a combination of Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP) and Oscillations. The PEP opens up the the airways, loosening any closed and semi closed airways, while the Oscillating PEP helps to mobilise the mucus in the lungs and helps to move it out of the lungs for mucus clearance.
This combined action of expanding pressure and vibration in the lungs results in the mucus moving progressively up the airways into the throat so it can be coughed out naturally.
The device creates a vibration in your lungs which you can feel, showing you that it it is working.
The AirPhysio device is a new OPEP device designed and manufactured in Australia (Figure 1). The AirPhysio device is a handheld pipe like device with a stainless steel ball seated in a conical cone. Read More
AirPhysio is an Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure OPEP device which assists mucus clearance and lung expansion. It can be used as an adjunctive therapy to prevent pulmonary complications in patients after surgery (i.e. cardiac and abdominal surgeries). The use of AirPhysio device facilitates secretion mobilization, prevents atelectasis, and increases lung volume of patients postoperatively.
AirPhysio device uses a combination of PEP (Positive Expiratory Pressure) and Oscillations.
The ball bearings creates a seal with the cone so that when you blow into the device, this creates a positive pressure going back into your lungs and airways called Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP). This positive pressure expands your lungs and airways (similar to how a balloon expands when you blow into it). By inflating your airways, this helps to loosen any closed or semi-closed airways and loosen any obstructions or blockages in the airways which restrict your ability to breathe.
When the pressure in the device reaches a specific level, the ball bearing lifts off the cone, breaking the seal and allowing the air to rush out of the devices. This air release also allows the air to release from the lungs and airways, up and out of the lungs and throat, creating a gentle suction effect as it rushes out.
This assists the body’s natural cleaning method called the mucociliary escalator (cilia/hairs on the airway walls) by pulling the mucus as it rushes past, helping to remove the built up mucus with the trapped foreign particles (smoke, pollution, pollen, etc..) and bacteria up and out of the lungs and into the throat to be coughed out naturally.
Step 1 and 2 occur between 25-35 times per second, causing the airway walls to open and close continuously over a period of 2-3 seconds. The causes the airway walls to shake, loosening the mucus bond to the airways, helping to mobilising the mucus for better expulsion out of the body.