Breathe well. Feel better.

Proper breathing is essential to health and wellbeing

While breathing is an automatic function that we don’t usually have to think about, there are sometimes situations where breathing difficulties occur. There are many causes of insufficient breathing: diseases, lifestyle, lack of exercise, incorrect breathing technique and air pollution.

Breathing difficulties impact our physical activity and hence our overall wellbeing. Therefore, it is extremely important to pay attention to the quality of our breathing.

WellO2 promotes your performance and quality of life

WellO2 alleviates breathing difficulties by opening up the airways and facilitating the mucus clearance from the airways. The warm water vapor moistens and soothes the mucous membranes thereby helping the body to cope better with the effects of dry and cold climate, air-conditioned air or air pollution. WellO2 can also be used for training and strengthening the breathing muscles and to adopt the right breathing technique. More efficient breathing improves performance and enhances wellbeing.

WellO2 can be used for:

  • Breathing difficulties or snoring
  • Elderly
  • Athletes
  • Professional voice users
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Consult your doctor before using the device if you have any of the following:

  • Emphysema
  • Pneumothorax
  • Unstable cardiovascular status
  • Recent myocardial infarction or pulmonary embolus
  • Thoracic, abdominal, or cerebral aneurysms
  • Recent eye surgery (including cataract)
  • Recent surgery of thorax or abdomen
  • Epilepsy
  • Nosebleed
  • Pregnancy

Open up the airways with WellO2

WellO2 integrates two known methods for opening up the airways and enhancing mucus clearance: Vapor inhalation and resisted breathing.

Resisted breathing (breathing against pressure) opens up the airways effectively due to pressure changes within respiratory system, thus enabling the vapor produced by the device to penetrate deeper into the airways. The inhaled vapor warms and soothes the airways. While mucous membranes are moistened, mucous is loosened helping the clearance of the airways.

The WellO2 device has adjustable breathing resistance for both inhalation and exhalation. The breathing exercise strengthens different muscles: During inhalation the diaphragm and external intercostal muscles and during exhalation the internal intercostal muscles and even abdominal muscles. While the breathing exercise strengthen the muscles, it also adds ex- and inhaling power. The vapor inhalation soothes the airways leaving a pleasant feeling after breathing exercise.

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Why are breathing exercises important?

Breathing plays an important role in many body functions and proper breathing is essential to health and wellbeing. Whether an athlete, the elderly or someone suffering from breathing difficulties, the respiratory muscle training will enhance our wellbeing.

The breathing exercises strengthen the respiratory muscles, increase the mobility of the chest, add the lung volumes, as well as enhance the blood circulation and metabolism. Breathing exercises can facilitate adopting deep breathing technique which is excellent for relaxation and may also help releasing stress and anxiety.

Add performance and enhance wellbeing with WellO2

Physical exercise is the best way to improve blood circulation and respiration. However, physical activity may decline because of aging, illness or surgeries. WellO2 can be used for breathing exercise despite one’s physical limitations. The adjustable breathing resistance of the device allows optimal conditions for respiratory training, regardless of the current fitness of the user. WellO2 can be used for training the respiratory muscles, adding ex- and inhaling power and helping to adopt the right breathing technique.

Athletes can benefit from using WellO2. The resisted breathing exercise increases strength and stamina of respiratory muscles and allows an effective use of the respiratory system. The use of WellO2 also alleviates the breathing problems caused by heavy training, especially in endurance sports, or training in the dry and cold environment by opening up and moistening the airways.

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