How an Acapella Valve Clears Your Lungs

August 08, 2012 2 min read

The Acapella Valve is a unique handheld device that keeps your lungs clear of mucus so you can breathe easy. It combines the benefits of positive expiratory pressure or PEP therapy with airway vibrations.

How’s it work? Inside the valve is a small steel ball in a cone shaped valve. As you exhale, the ball moves up and down, doing two things—a) vibrating your airways and b) making you exhale against resistance.

Acapella Valve - high flowWhy’s that good? The vibration opens up your airways, facilitating the movement of mucus. Exhaling against resistance creates back pressure or positive pressure which allows mucus to move from peripheral airways to the larger central airways so it can be coughed out.

There are two types of Acapella Valve. The green or high flow valve is for users who can exhale at 15 liters per minute or more for at least three seconds. This works for most users. If your lungs are lower volume, you can use the blue or low flow valve.

To use, simply—

  1. 1. Breathe in and out regularly through the valve 5 times. Then breathe in and out slowly 5 times. Your exhalations should be about 3 times longer than your inhalations.
  2. 2. Keep alternating between regular and slow breathes. At the end of each exhalation, hold your breath 2 to 3 seconds.
  3. Acapella Valve - low flow3. After 5 or 6 exhalations try to cough if you have not done so already. This will help get rid of mucus.
  4. 4. Repeat until no further mucus is expelled. This should take between 10 and 20 minutes.

The Acapella Valve is designed to be easily cleaned and sterilized. Plus, it can be used with your mask or mouthpiece nebulizer. Good luck!