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What is a Breath Exerciser and How Can It Help?

24 Apr 2017
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What is a Breath Exerciser and How Can It Help?

Even your lungs need a little exercise sometimes, and a breath exerciser just may be helpful.

For those living with a chronic lung condition such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis (PF) or emphysema, in which the intake of oxygen can prove exceedingly difficult in day-to-day life, many patients may find themselves at a respiratory loss. Struggling to breathe is an objectively unpleasant experience, and for the millions of Americans that live with such chronic conditions, this reality is often a daily one.

So, what can be done?

Currently there are a variety of medications and treatment options such as inhalers, corticosteroids, oxygen therapy and cellular therapy. And those these treatment options can be beneficial, when treating lung disease, positive lifestyle changes are critically important to improving one’s overall respiratory health and quality of life.

What lifestyle changes, you ask?

What is a Breath Exerciser and How Can It Help?

Simply put, diet and exercise, but for the purpose of this article, we’re going to address one often-neglected area specifically: respiratory exercise through the use of a breath exerciser.

For your benefit and with your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to break down What Is a Breath Exerciser and How Can It Help?

So, what is a Breath Exerciser?

Simply put, a breath exerciser is a respiratory device used to help patients improve their lung function. For example, an incentive spirometer is a device of this sort, used to help patients who are recovering from recent surgery keep their lungs active. However, incentive spirometers can also be used by those with chronic respiratory conditions such as COPD, PF and emphysema.

Aside from incentive spirometers, breath exercisers work in a similar nature with a primary focus to improve airflow, achieve optimum lung capacity and strengthen the cough effort which allows the clearing of airways. These small and compact devices are best used as supplementary additions to disease management and can often fit in even the smallest of bags and pouches. Cost-effective in price, these devices range from about $10 to 30 dollars and can be found online through convenient stores such as Amazon.

How Do I Use It?

So, once you get one, the question is how do you use it? The answer is pretty simple:

For most breathing devices, the recommended treatment use is 1-2 hours or 25 sharp inhalations twice a day. Depending on your schedule, the choice for how you structure your exercise plan is up to you. However, this is exercise. In order to see results and gradual progress, you must use these breath exercisers deliberately, consistently and as directed. In a sense, you’re building up the strength of your lungs. This may be difficult at first but in order to see the other side of better respiratory health, you’ll have to work to break through the initial resistance.

If you have any questions for how the use of these devices can be tailored to your particular schedule or stage of condition, please refer to your pulmonologist or primary care physician for further direction.

What Will It Do for Me?

As we stated above, a breath exerciser can be a great supplementary tool for achieving your optimal lung capacity. Although the work may be difficult at first, if combined with a regimented diet and general exercise plan (think walking up the street once a day) it’s possible to reclaim some lost ground on your daily quality of life.

Today, breath exercisers are used across a variety of applications, from wind instrument players looking to improve their air flow control, to Navy SEALs and triathletes looking to increase their lung capacity when running and swimming. A breath exerciser is a notable addition to anyone’s respiratory improvement plan.

The Next Steps

What is a Breath Exerciser and How Can It Help?

In the quest to improve your respiratory health, a consistently-used breath exerciser may be an excellent tool to improving your quality of life through your own determination and discipline. However, it’s important to remember that these improvements, although important, cannot address overall disease progression and the expression of symptoms.

The first steps when addressing these inherent conditions should be to quit smoking immediately. After that, personal routine and behavior should be addressed with a specific focus on diet and general exercise. If these general lifestyle changes are undertaken purposefully, it’s possible to greatly affect the pronouncement of symptoms within your daily life. However, when lifestyle changes fail to improve your quality of life in the way you may expect, it may be time to consider cellular therapy. Rather than addressing the symptoms of lung disease, cellular therapy may directly affect disease progression and may improve your quality of life.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic lung disease like emphysema, COPD, PF or ILD, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of cellular treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.

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  1. Lung Institute

    5 months ago


    First off, we are sorry to hear about your condition. You might talk with your primary doctor about seeing a specialist who might be able to recommend more specific treatments.

    For many of our patients, treatment has helped them feel better and breathe more easily. To hear more from our patients, check out our testimonials page. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular treatment, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  2. Shery

    5 months ago

    Hi im a 54 yr old woman and recently dignoisied with copd 22%lung function and heart failure,am doing exercises as recommended by physio but get really short breathed everyday with slightest exercise any suggestions

  3. john

    9 months ago

    I ama male 70 years 10 years ago I was told I chronic copd . I had many puminary test done and came with answer that I only had 25 percent lung capacity . that wasn’t bad enough I had my heart checked they told me my heart was in perfect shape. two month later I had two massive heart attack and nearly died.my heart doctor took test of his own gace me a printout of my heart whitch was 90 percent pluged this is the type of doctors we have in Canada?

  4. Steve knapp

    1 year ago

    I’m a lung transplant patient and still struggle daily with breathing. I’ve had over 75 BRONCOCPHIES Since The transplant. I’m scheduled for another tomorrow I guess I’m hoping for something more permanent to the solution of breathing easier.
    Thank you, Steven knapp

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