What is a flutter?
A flutter is a device used by people with respiratory conditions to help loosen secretions (phlegm) in the chest.
The device, shaped like a pipe is handheld. The user breathes out through the device which causes a small ball at the opposite end of the pipe to vibrate. This vibration:
- Creates a resistance that helps splint the airways open
- Loosens the secretions from the sides of the airways
Physiotherapy is vital in establishing a technique to benefit your condition. The respiratory physiotherapists at Physio.co.uk will be able to guide you in developing an effective technique to treat your specific condition.
What are the benefits of the flutter?
Once the technique to use the flutter has been taught and practiced, it can be used independently by the patient at a time and place to suit them, in order to aid removal of secretions. Removal of secretions significantly reduces the risk of developing a chest infection. Other benefits of using the flutter include:
- Reduced frequency of coughing
- Flutter is compact and lightweight device that can be stored in a pocket or handbag
- Reduced need for medication
- Can be used in combination with other respiratory physiotherapy techniques
Who would benefit from using a flutter?
Any person who is suffering from a respiratory condition that involves the build up of excess phlegm would benefit from using a flutter. Some examples of conditions likely to benefit include:
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)