Freespira Breathing System
Can the Freespira Breathing System help me?
If you have been diagnosed with panic disorder or suffer from panic symptoms such as sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, dizziness, or nausea, the Freespira Breathing System may be right for you.
Panic disorder has a physiological component that needs to be addressed. People with panic disorder may not realize it, but they breathe differently than other people all of the time, not just when they are having a panic attack. The Freespira Breathing System teaches you to adjust your exhaled CO2 level and breathing rhythm to normal patterns. This reduces or eliminates panic symptoms and panic attacks sometimes in as little as two weeks.
What is the Freespira Breathing System?
The Freespira Breathing System is an FDA-approved, at-home therapy to treat symptoms of panic disorder. The system includes a handheld tablet computer with the Freespira app and a highly precise sensor that measures breathing rate and the level of exhaled carbon dioxide (CO2) in each breath.
The app provides easy-to-follow audio and visual instructions that guide you through the breathing sessions. Under the guidance of a therapist, this 4-week treatment has been demonstrated to be safe and effective in several clinical studies.
What are the results?
While results may vary, most patients report a significant reduction in panic disorder symptoms. The studies also demonstrate long-lasting reductions in panic attack frequency and severity, anxiety symptoms, and avoidance behaviors, along with improvements in mood and quality of life in the majority of patients.
How does it work?
The Freespira Breathing System uses a precise sensor that samples and measures the CO2 levels in your exhaled breath and transmits the data to the Freespira app on the tablet computer included in the program. The app display real time breathing information, and provides verbal and visual prompts guiding you to adjust your breathing pattern to optimize your CO2 levels and respiration rate.
You will meet with a Freespira therapist, who will teach you how to use the system. Once at home, you'll complete two 17-minute sessions each day for four weeks.
The Freespira Breathing System might be right for you if:
- You are 18 years of age or older.
- You suffer from panic symptoms.
- You are not pregnant, or you do not plan to become pregnant in the next several months.
- You are able to attend eight therapist visits within a 12-month period.
How can I get started with the Freespira Breathing System?
For more information, contact Freespira@ahn.org, call 412.330.4388, or fill out the form below.
The Freespira Breathing System is available to patients through Highmark Health's VITAL Innovation Program.
Learn more about Freespira on the Highmark Blog.