If you’ve been diagnosed with COPD or another chronic lung disease, then you know how precious each breath can be. Shortness-of-breath makes it difficult for you to engage in activities or even perform simple daily tasks, like cooking or getting dressed. That’s why techniques like pursed-lip breathing are so important.
Pursed-lip breathing is a technique that can help release air that’s trapped in your lungs to make room for fresh air and improve your ability to breathe. This technique goes a long way in reducing hyperinflation of the lungs caused by COPD.
Pursed-lip breathing is an important part of many COPD treatments. COPD is not a curable disease, but these treatments can help slow its progression and control its symptoms. Learning pursed-lip breathing may be just what you need to help improve the quality of your life if you have COPD.
How does pursed-lip breathing work?
- Relax — Sit in a comfortable chair with your spine straight or lie down on a flat surface. Relax your shoulders and avoid any tension in your body.
- Inhale — Inhale slowly through your nose for a few seconds.
- Exhale — Exhale slowly through pursed lips. Your mouth should look like you’re trying to whistle. It’s important to exhale slower than you inhaled.
- Repeat — Do this technique once or twice a day for sets of three or four pursed-lip breaths. Over time, you should notice some improvement in your ability to control your breathing.
No COPD patient is alike. Depending on the severity of your COPD and other factors, like age and medical history, your pursed-lip breathing technique may look a little different. Talk with your healthcare provider about pursed-lip breathing and how you should go about doing it.
Contact the Lung Health Institute for COPD treatment
Pursed-lip breathing is an important part of your overall wellbeing, but if you want to Breathe Easier™ with reduced inflammation, you should talk to a patient coordinator at the Lung Health Institute.
Our Cellular Therapy™ can help reduce inflammation and improve your ability to breathe. It is a form of cellular therapy that uses concentrated forms of platelets and cells from your own body to target lung infection. These platelets and cells actively promote healing and reduce inflammation.
Contact us today if you would like to speak with one of our patient coordinators about Cellular Therapy™. We look forward to joining you on your journey toward breathing better again.