Serving Veterans: FDA-Cleared, Drug-Free Path to Freedom from PTSD Symptoms

Freespira is an at-home treatment clinically proven to reduce, even eliminate, PTSD symptoms. The therapy is done at home, is medication-free, and includes personal training and support. You will learn symptom self-management skills without having to relive the trauma. Available through your VA benefits, Freespira puts you back in control and gives you the power to live PTSD symptom free.

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Medication Free, PTSD Symptom Free

Freespira is the first non-medication PTSD treatment in more than 10 years. It works by reducing or eliminating symptoms of PTSD including nightmares, startle, hypervigilance, avoidance, and panic by training users to normalize respiratory irregularities. Freespira is used at home over 28 days for 17-minutes two times a day with just a sensor, tablet, and custom app. And Freespira is available through your VA benefits.

Freespira long term benefits
1Reduction in CAPS-5 of at least 6 points
2Reduction in CHRT scores
3Reduction in PHQ-9 scores

Gary’s Story

Gary, Sergeant First Class, United States Army

I served in the Army for 17 years across 4 tours in country. My military career ended when I was injured on active duty. I came home physically disabled and was diagnosed with PTSD, chronic pain, and depression. I experienced uncontrollable outbursts of anger and feelings of worthlessness. Medications and therapy didn’t help me. After 1 week of using Freespira, I started to feel better. I felt less angry and could sleep better. It wasn’t a cure, but it gave me an effective coping strategy. Now I’m able to enjoy family activities again. I can’t imagine what quarantine would have been like as my old self.

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50% of Freespira users maintained remission, and over 80% had significant symptom reductions at 6-months post-treatment.

What happens when PTSD symptoms attack in the middle of the night or on the weekend? What options do you have when your medication has run out?

The breathing techniques you learn with Freespira can be applied anywhere, anytime. The ‘muscle memory’ created by the treatment puts you in control. And you will have the support of virtual clinicians to coach you and make sure you have a safety net when you need one.

How Freespira Works—28-days to Freedom

Regulate CO2 and Control PTSD Symptoms

Freespira is an FDA-approved treatment—covered by VA benefits—that works by helping people regulate the carbon dioxide (CO2) in their bodies. Freespira’s 28-day single course protocol addresses respiratory dysregulation caused by CO2 hypersensitivity, which has been proven to trigger PTSD symptoms such as nightmares, startle, hypervigilance, avoidance of triggering situations, panic, and other bodily symptoms. Freespira helps people who have PTSD regulate CO2 using:
  • Breathing training
  • Advanced CO2 detection technology
  • On-line coaches

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PTSD disrupts the daily lives of millions of Americans. Yet, traditional medication and counseling therapies often fall short for these sufferers – many of whom have begun to believe that there is no hope for relief or remission. Innovative drug-free approaches, like Freespira, that address the underlying physiological symptoms of PTSD provide a new solution – and new hope – to this problem.

~ Honorable David J. Shulkin, M.D.
Ninth Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs

Know the Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD symptoms typically start soon after a traumatic event, but for some, symptoms may not appear for months or even years. While it is normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after trauma, if these symptoms continue for longer than four weeks, you may have PTSD. There are four types of symptoms associated with PTSD:
  • Reliving the event—this is also called re-experiencing the event
  • Avoidance—you may try to avoid situations or the people who remind you of the event
  • Negative beliefs and feelings—you may avoid relationships, feel distrusting, or even completely forget parts of the traumatic event
  • Feeling always on edge—you may always be on the lookout for danger and may suddenly become angry or irritated

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One Short Treatment for Veteran’s Diverse Needs

One 28-day treatment can last for months. And the technique can be applied anywhere and anytime to help the diverse needs of Veterans and their families.

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Women Veterans and PTSD

More than two million women served in the military in 2015, according to the U.S. Department for Veterans Affairs. This number is projected to almost double by 2040.

Women Veterans face unique challenges and stressors that can, if not addressed, can escalate to PTSD.

  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST): there is a growing awareness of MST, its prevalence, and lasting impacts. A significant number of women (and some men) have experienced the sexual harassment and assault that comprise MST.
  • Feeling alone: because women make up a smaller percentage of service members, they may find it harder to build the fellowship, friendships, and networks, that help keep morale high.
  • Family obligations: it can be difficult for women with young children or elderly parents to be deployed and away for long stretches of time. They often feel disconnected and can find returning to a parenting role challenging.

Prevalence of PTSD by Service Area

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the number of Veterans diagnosed with PTSD varies by service area:

  • Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom: Between 11-20 percent of the Veterans who served have PTSD in a given year
  • Gulf War (Desert Storm): About 12 percent have PTSD in a given year
  • Vietnam War: About 15 percent were with PTSD at the time of the most recent study in the late 1980s. It is estimated that about 30 percent of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.

In addition to the service area, the politics, location, and type of enemy faced can all contribute to the risk of PTSD.

Next Steps

Freespira is covered through your VA benefits. To get started, click on this link so that we can help walk you and/or your provider through the DME consult process.

Once your consult has been approved by prosthetics a representative from Freespira will contact you to schedule your initial consultation. We will ship the device directly to you and will provide virtual training and coaching to support you through the entire 28-day treatment. Once your treatment has been completed, you will return the device (we cover shipping), and we will send an end-of-treatment summary to your clinician.

Have Questions?
We Have Answers.

For questions about Freespira, please reach out to:
Phone: 800.385.1892
Fax: 844.824.8779

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