Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is noted for causing shortness of breath, congestion and other breathing difficulties. These challenges make living your daily life difficult and can lead to further complications and respiratory failure if left untreated.
That’s why many COPD patients turn to the Lung Health Institute for our lung restoration treatment™. This treatment is a form of cellular therapy, which uses concentrated forms of your own cells to target infection and reduce inflammation in your lungs.
lung restoration treatment™ is proven to be effective in more than 85 percent of our patients, but there are other ways you can help improve your breathing with COPD too. We’re talking about breathing exercises.
How do breathing exercises help COPD patients breathe?
Basically, you can attribute breathing difficulties to two factors: lung infection and weak lungs. Either way, breathing exercises can help improve the elasticity of your lungs and can help you breathe despite blockage and inflammation.
By practicing breathing exercises, you can carry on normal activities more effectively and maybe even return to exercising and more demanding physical activities. At the very least, they help you breathe more clearly and relax better, which is something that can be difficult with COPD.
What kinds of breathing exercises are there?
Your primary care provider will likely give you instructions for breathing exercises to make life with COPD more manageable. These breathing exercises may include:
- Pursed-lip breathing — Inhale slowly through your nose and exhale slowly through pursed lips, like you’re whistling. Do this four or five times a day to help release trapped air from your lungs.
- Deep breathing — Sit or stand with your chest out and shoulder back. Take deep breaths through your nose, hold it for a few seconds, and exhale through your nose. Do this a few times a day for ten minutes.
- Controlled coughing — Sit in a comfortable chair and take a deep breath through your mouth. Exhale in three short bursts to help clear out mucus and blockage from your airways.
- Diaphragm exercising — Lie on your back with one hand on your chest and the other on your belly. Inhale slowly through your nose. Exhale slowly through pursed-lips while applying pressure on your belly to assist the diaphragm with pushing air out of your lungs.
- Activity breathing — Do pursed-lip breathing while exercising or doing heavy activities. Inhale before doing something stressful and exhale during the stressful activity. For example, if you’re lifting a heavy object, take a breath before lifting and slowly exhale through pursed-lips while lifting.
Contact the Lung Health Institute for treatment
The Lung Health Institute makes it easier for COPD patients to breathe with cellular therapy and our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ (AI²™). Contact us today if you would like to learn more about our treatments and find out how we can help you Breathe Easier™.