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Pulmonica press releases for the latest information

Harmonica Techs has been using press releases to distribute information about the Pulmonica, and here is a list of the latest press releases available at PR Web. Just click on any title to read the full release.

COPD Support Group Using Novel Harmonic Device Study Results Presented at COPD9usa.
July 13, 2015 — Sarasota COPD patients were the first to try the low-tuned Pulmonica pulmonary harmonica, and all of them improved their breathing.

Harmonica Techs, Inventors of the Pulmonica, Shares Survey Results on Effective Treatments for Breathing Problems.
January 30, 2015 — Seventy-eight cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation professionals completed a survey about treatments for breathing disorders. When questioned if they had observed spirometry results improve in patients through any of the listed interventions, over three-quarters of these professionals said ‘Yes’.

Inventors of the Pulmonica® Make a Statement on the High Cost of Product Development in Today’s Competitive Market
January 29, 2015 — As tax season approaches, fledgling businesses are assessing the return on their investment, and it is usually a sobering experience. Harmonica Techs staff comments on the hidden costs that make launching a product a risky proposition.

Harmonica Techs, Inventors of the Pulmonica® Unveil New Findings on Complementary Treatments for Asthma
December 19, 2014 — Asthma educators at the recent 2014 Association of Asthma Educators conference in San Antonio, TX recommend breathing exercises, staying active and relaxing meditation to people with asthma. Playing a wind instrument such as the Pulmonica® incorporates all of these treatments.

Musicians Weigh in on Harmonica for Non-Musicians with Harmonica Techs, Creators of the Pulmonica Pulmonary Harmonica
November 20, 2014 — The Pulmonica made its debut at the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of Harmonicas annual convention. Special low tuning makes it ideal for respiratory therapy and easy for non-musicians to use, but musicians have found different uses for this unique instrument.

Can a Special Harmonica Help with Asthma? Harmonica Techs, Inventors of the Pulmonica® Pulmonary Harmonica, Attend Asthma Educators Conference to Enthusiastic Reception
October 01, 2014 — Asthma is a complex illness and new treatments are always being considered. The pulmonary harmonica has been designed to improve breathing with no musical talent required, and the potential benefits for people with COPD, asthma, allergies, and cystic fibrosis are being explored.

Harmonica Techs, Inventor of the Pulmonica Pulmonary Harmonica, Outlines New Uses for Harmonicas in Healthcare
September 02, 2014 — The harmonica is back in style, and new uses are being developed for harmonicas in healthcare.

Ever Thought of Meditating With a Harmonica? Harmonica Techs, Inventors of the Pulmonica® Pulmonary Harmonica®, Present Tips on How to Relax with Soothing Sounds
August 28, 2014 — By meditating or thinking only positive thoughts while breathing through the Pulmonica, the benefits of relaxation and anxiety relief are increased.

Harmonica Techs, Inventors of the Pulmonica® Pulmonary Harmonica®, Announce Beginning of Global Sales
July 30, 2014 — The Pulmonica is now available in most countries through the Seydel website and is carried by Amazon in the USA and in Germany.

Harmonica Techs Introduces a Great Gift for Dad or Grandpa – Better Breathing in a Fun Package, the Pulmonica Pulmonary Harmonica
June 11, 2014 — Available in the US in time for Father’s Day, this specially constructed pulmonary harmonica helps improve breathing. No musical talent required, and there’s a coupon code below.

Harmonica Techs, the Inventor of the Pulmonica, Highlights 12 Reasons for Medical Professionals to Recommend the New Pulmonary Harmonica to Improve Patient Health
May 01, 2014 — With allergy season in full swing, medical professionals are hearing more complaints about congestion and trouble breathing. In addition to medications and lifestyle changes, the Pulmonica can help patients improve their breathing.

Harmonica Techs, the Creator of the Pulmonica, Release a Handbook on Proper Use and Care of the Pulmonary Harmonica
April 20, 2014 — In light of the spring season, allergies and other breathing irritations come into play, affecting millions in the U.S. In an effort to help those dealing with allergies, as well as other medical issues, Harmonica Techs – the creator of the Pulmonica – have released an affordable handbook on proper use and care of the pulmonary harmonica that also includes guidelines for improved breathing.

Harmonica Techs, Inventor of the Pulmonica, Presents Seminar with 12 Tips to Improve Your Breathing
March 20, 2014 — Allergy season is in full swing and many of us are wheezing. The Pulmonica pulmonary harmonica helps loosen congestion to clear lungs and make breathing easier and this seminar will give practical information to improve your breathing.

Harmonica Techs, Inventors of the Pulmonica, a Harmonica Designed to Improve One’s Breathing, Share Respiratory Health Tips
March 13, 2014 — People with COPD, asthma and other breathing problems can improve their breathing through 12 simple steps.

Great Gift for Grandpa or Grandma – Better Breathing in a Fun Package, the Pulmonica
December 15, 2013 — Available in the US just in time for the holidays, this specially constructed pulmonary harmonica helps improve breathing. No musical talent required, and there’s a coupon code below.

Pulmonary Study Using Re-invented Harmonica Shows Striking Results
December 03, 2013 — Sarasota COPD patients were the first to try the Pulmonica and all of them improved. Now available in the USA, this pulmonary harmonica helps improve breathing.

Can’t Breathe? Here Are New Findings on Complementary Treatments for Asthma

If you have ever been unable to breathe, or witnessed someone having difficulty breathing, you probably wished you had an arsenal of treatments to battle this debilitating symptom of asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, and other breathing disorders. Currently, the only proven methods for controlling asthma are prescription medications and avoiding triggers, but other common treatments do exist. At the 2014 Association of Asthma Educators conference in San Antonio, 34 asthma educators responded to a Harmonica Techs survey about alternative treatments for asthma.

83% of the educators recommended breathing exercises, which include pursed lip breathing and diaphragmatic breathing. Asthma actually causes air to become trapped in the lungs, and some people find relief with pursed lip breathing- inhaling slowly through the nose and then exhale twice as slowly through pursed lips, as if trying to whistle. Diaphragmatic breathing maximizes air distribution in the lungs, strengthens the muscles that work the lungs, increases oxygenation and reduces stress. Upon inhaling deeply, the belly should go out, not the chest. Exhale twice as slowly with the abdomen going in, and concentrate on taking long and slow belly breaths for best results.

60% of the educators had recommended an exercise program similar to that found in pulmonary rehabilitation. Many people with asthma are afraid that exercise will cause an attack, but if proper precautions are taken, such as using an inhaler prior to exercise or having an inhaler nearby, almost everyone will benefit from staying active.

51% had recommended relaxation therapy and meditation. Simple relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation and breath meditation have been shown to be beneficial for people with breathing difficulties.

34% cited inspiratory muscle training, which usually involves a training device such as an incentive spirometer. Most people only use a small percentage of their lung capacity, but by training the respiratory system against resistance, more of the lungs can be engaged. A strong respiratory system is vital to strong circulatory and immune systems. For people who have a lot of mucus in their lungs, some devices will help loosen the mucus and make it easier to eliminate.

20% mentioned playing wind instruments, which have long been thought to be good for the lungs. Besides the obvious deep breathing aspect of playing, the cerebral challenge and expression of creativity are good for mental health. Other complementary treatments recommended included vitamins and supplements, massage and chiropractic, acupuncture, hypnotherapy and speech therapy.

We are proud that the top five most commonly recommended complementary treatments for asthma have all been incorporated into development of the Pulmonica®. Long, slow, deep and complete breaths are all that are needed to use the specially tuned pulmonary harmonica, and the result is a relaxing breath exercise against mild resistance. No musical talent is needed to benefit from this instrument. The low vibrations help loosen congestion, regular use is meditative and should help engage more of a person’s lungs. Plus, the Pulmonica® is fun to use so compliance is higher than with a more medical looking device. Testimonials indicate that people who used the Pulmonica® needed less medication, became more active, and enjoyed exercising their respiratory system with this innovative product.


The More You Move, the Better You Feel – the Role of Exercise and Oxygenation in Improving Overall Health

Physical activity is essential to all human beings in maintaining overall health and well-being – but 80% of Americans do not get the recommended amount of exercise.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC [http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/olderadults.html], “regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.” Older adults should look to reach at least two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity like brisk walking spread through a week. Should one commit to more vigorous activity that includes aerobic exercising, such as jogging or running, an hour and 15 minutes a week is needed.

In particular, physical activity causes an individual’s heart rate to increase, which subsequently increases one’s oxygen consumption. Over time, consistent repetition of physical activity strengthens the cardiorespiratory system, as the body works to increase its cardiac output, maximal stroke volume, and blood volume. Together, these variables build up the body’s ability to effectively carry and distribute oxygen throughout the body – to blood cells, muscles, brain, and more. Essentially, the more breaths that occur, the more oxygen is delivered to one’s body at an increased rate.

In simpler terms: if you move and breathe more, you will feel better. Movement helps oxygenate the body. Whatever exercise you choose will get easier over time, it just takes practice. You can even test out this premise yourself by engaging in a form of physical activity to which you’re not accustomed. What is difficult on day 1 is easy by day 30.

For instance, if you’re not a runner, to run a 13.5 race out of the clear blue, you would probably become extremely fatigued throughout the race course and need to pause several times to take a breath. On the other hand, if you practice and train on regular basis, you inevitably work to build up your tolerance so that you’re not out of breath, bent over and gasping for air.

In addition to traditional exercise, there is a new device, the Pulmonica (http://pulmonica.com/), that can be used to exercise the diaphragm and other muscles around the lungs to help strengthen one’s breathing even further. The more you play, the better you breathe. The Pulmonica is a specially designed and constructed pulmonary harmonica that requires no musical talent, only taking long, slow, deep, and complete breaths that always sound soothing. This makes respiratory exercise an enjoyable, discreet practice with a meditative feel. And low harmonics gently pulse the lungs and sinus cavities to loosen mucus secretions, which can then be easily eliminated. We all breathe better with less congestion.

At the end of the day, exercising regularly and using a device like the Pulmonica are optimal steps to take into maintaining your health for the long run. After all, since we’re here to live this life, it might as well be an enjoyable, healthy one.

For more information about the Pulmonica, please visit http://pulmonica.com/.

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For Medical Professionals: 12 Reasons to Recommend the Pulmonica

The Pulmonica is a specially tuned pulmonary harmonica designed to help loosen congestion and promote diaphragmatic breathing. No musical talent required.

Here are 12 Reasons to Recommend the Pulmonica to Your Patients:

  1. Provides inhalation and exhalation therapy against progressive resistance. The lower notes are harder to play. Patients start around the middle and move lower as they progress.
  2. Playing multiple notes together produces harmonics that vibrate the lungs and sinuses and help loosen secretions. Once the congestion is eliminated, patients can breathe easier.
  3. Regular use promotes diaphragmatic breathing, which can then become habitual even without the device. This benefit alone makes the device worthwhile and useful for people with all stages of breathing problems.
  4. No musical talent is required because the Pulmonica is tuned to always sound good. Just long, slow, deep, and complete breaths are all that’s needed to get the benefit of this respiratory therapy device.
  5. The deep, resonant, meditative sounds are soothing and relaxing to the user, and pleasant for bystanders. This is especially important to someone who’s worried about not being able to breathe.
  6. Unlike traditional harmonicas, the Pulmonica has no sharp edges or tinny sounds, so it’s safe and pleasant for people of all ages.
  7. Handcrafted in Germany using stainless steel cover plates, brass reeds, and a high quality acrylic center, the Pulmonica is attractive and easy to clean.
  8. For those who want to try playing music, this device is one of the world’s finest harmonicas and music is available on our website, www.Pulmonica.com.
  9. With COPD readmissions being such a hot topic, having a new therapeutic device that patients enjoy using can only be a good thing.
  10. Finally, a respiratory therapy device that is effective, empowering and pleasant to use.
  11. Five minutes morning and night, and as often as desired throughout the day, and compliant patients should be breathing better in just a few days. And that should make everyone happier.
  12. Now available on Amazon with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Quantity discounts are available.

See http://pulmonica.com for general information and early research results, or contact Dana Keller, PhD, using form below or by calling him at 888-382-9283 for more information on research opportunities and quantity discounts.

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