QUESTION: I wonder if the Relaxator can be helpful when I have a cough.
ANSWER: Yes, it is conceivable that the Relaxator may be helpful if you have a cough. If you have a cough, the respiratory passages are narrowed, thus, your breathing becomes shallower. Narrow respiratory passages make it more difficult for air to reach the lower parts of your lungs, causing residue, particles, and old air to become trapped. Then, you are forced to cough to get rid of the particles and residue.
To get the particles up, more mucus may also be formed and may cause your cough to become “gunky.” When you breathe low, with the diaphragm, the air reaches down to the lower parts of your lungs and brings up residue to be eliminated as you exhale.
If there is a lot of gunk in your lungs due to prolonged superficial breathing, you may start coughing as a way to help get the many particles out. It is much like a smoking cough, as smoking over time causes many particles to accumulate in the lungs and the smoker has to cough to try to get them out.
With the Relaxator, which provides a resistance when exhaling, the circulation in the lungs is improved, and the coughing can be reduced as particles and residue come out naturally with the exhalation air, so the backup function in the form of a cough is not needed. This is what one woman said: “The Relaxator is the best “cough drop” available! When you feel you are about to start coughing, break the reflex immediately by starting to use the Relaxator.”
Another woman said: “Now that I have been affected by a virus and have attacks of dry cough, I breathe with my Relaxator, and then the coughing stops immediately.”