Freespira is an at-home treatment for panic attacks and the symptoms of panic disorder. Using the System adjusts CO2 and breathing to normalize the respiratory pattern. This has been demonstrated in clinical studies to alleviate abnormal breathing and reduce or eliminate panic symptoms for many people.
The System was cleared by FDA in 2013.
Freespira uses a small handheld sensor that measures breathing rate and the level of exhaled CO2 which is then displayed on a handheld tablet by the Freespira App. The system provides instructions, guiding you in adjusting your breathing pattern to optimize your CO2 level and respiration rate. You start by working with a therapist who will explain how to use Freespira; then you take it home and use it for two 17-minute sessions each day for four consecutive weeks in the comfort of your own home. The breathing information is reviewed weekly during your treatment.
Freespira is not covered by insurance but does qualify for payment from Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). Speak to your therapist directly about insurance coverage for your sessions.
Currently being evaluated by Anthem at Aurora Health System (Milwaukee, WI) and Highmark Health at Allegheny Health Network (Pittsburgh, PA).
You need to consult with a physician, therapist or other licensed healthcare provider to be authorized to rent Freespira. You then meet with a therapist to be trained on how to use the system. If you prefer to do your consultation and progress tracking via (video/phone), that may be available for your area.
Because Freespira is an easy to use, at home treatment system. Patients can do their training and progress tracking via internet video conferencing instead of going to a therapist’s office. The therapy is the same; it’s just guided remotely.
Freespira protocol is for 4 weeks though some people may start seeing a reduction in their panic symptoms in as little as 2 weeks.
Clinical research was conducted in 2000 and Freespira was cleared by the FDA in 2013 and made available to the community. It’s already been adopted in many clinical and commercial offices throughout the US.
While results vary from person to person, most patients report a significant reduction in panic disorder symptoms, many in the first few weeks. In the key clinical study of this treatment, over 90% of patients reported a significant reduction in the severity of their panic symptoms. And nearly 70% of the patients reported no panic attacks at 12-months following treatment.
No, Freespira is the same as the Canary Breathing System. The product was recently rebranded to better reflect the feedback we have received from patients on the transformational benefits many have experienced after completing their treatment. The sensor and the App are identical except for the name change.