Prescribing ‘sick beats’ to treat Cystic Fibrosis
A once obtrusive treatment for Cystic Fibrosis has been revolutionised with the power of sound.
Traditionally, in order to clear the thick mucus build-up in the lungs caused by Cystic Fibrosis, those with the condition wear a restrictive vest that pummels and pounds the chest with kinetic energy to loosen mucus.
Realising the discomfort this daily treatment causes, Woojer set about changing the experience for the better. Woojer’s SICK BEATS replaces the intense pummelling with a specific frequency of sound waves, to create the world’s first sound-fuelled airway clearance vest.
Well, Woojer realised that when a specific frequency of sound (40hz, to be exact) is played in close proximity to the ribcage, the sound waves have the same power in shifting and loosening mucus in the lungs as the more intense and invasive pummeling treatment.
frequencies between 20hz to 65hz have a positive effect on mucus viscoelasticitySchieppati et al.,2019
Not neglecting the ears, SICK BEATS technology allows users to sync their vest to their smartphone, pulling the specific frequency from the music they are listening to in real time. Through specially curated Spotify playlists, users are free to dance, move around, and experience the magic of 40hz music both through their ears, and their rib cage.