An incentive spirometer is a device that’s often used during deep breathing exercises for patients with chronic lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Using this device is intended to provide chronic lung disease patients with several benefits. Here are 3 benefits that using an incentive spirometer regularly could have for you:
1. Keeping Alveoli Healthy
Chronic lung diseases often damage the soft tissue of the lungs. A structure that’s commonly damaged is the tiny air sacs in your lungs, which are called alveoli. Like a balloon, alveoli are designed to fill with air, but chronic lung conditions can make it harder to take deep enough breaths to keep your alveoli inflated properly. This makes them more susceptible to the progressive damage caused by such conditions. Using a spirometer can help keep alveoli inflated and healthy.
2. Breaking Up Mucus
One issue that makes it harder for chronic lung disease patients to breathe is increased mucus buildup, and such patients often find it more difficult to get rid of mucus. An incentive spirometer can benefit patients who are having trouble expelling mucus because it encourages deep breathing. Deep breathing forces the lungs to move more than normal, and this helps shake excess mucus loose and makes it easier to get rid of.
3. Reducing Risk of Lung Infections
Incentive spirometers can also offer chronic lung disease patients the benefit of reducing the risk of lung infections. Lung infections are typically the result of bacteria that enters the lungs. In normal lungs, this bacteria is trapped in mucus and then expelled with it. Incentive spirometers can help chronic lung disease patients increase their ability to get rid of mucus. In turn, this helps reduce the infection-causing bacteria in their lungs.
Find Out About Other Alternative Chronic Lung Disease Treatments at Lung Health Institute
At Lung Health Institute, our health care team has developed several alternative treatments for people with chronic lung diseases. These treatments can be used to supplement those prescribed by your doctor.
One treatment option our team offers is our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans. These plans are designed to provide patients with lots of helpful information. For instance, AI2 plans detail inflammation-fighting foods you can eat, helpful sleeping advice, tips for exercising and more. They can also provide you with benefits such as boosting your immune system naturally and training your body to use fats to fight inflammation.
Another treatment option we offer is a minimally invasive procedure called cellular therapy. When you receive cellular therapy, a sample of your own blood is taken, and platelets, proteins, growth factors and other helpful cells are separated from it and concentrated. These concentrated cells are then returned into the bloodstream. This can help promote the repair of damaged tissue and reduce inflammation. It may also allow you to Breathe Easier™ and improve your quality of life.
Take the next step to Breathe Easier. Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.