Many issues can lead to chest tightness, and one of these issues is a chronic lung disease. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic lung conditions often cause chest tightness because the lungs become inflamed and damaged as a result of these conditions. This makes it physically harder for people to breathe, which often results in a sensation of chest tightness or pain. Chest tightness may also be the result of your diet or anxiety-induced hyperventilation.
5 Tips to Reduce Chest Tightness
Since chest tightness may be a symptom of chronic lung diseases, it’s important for you to discuss this symptom with your doctor, as he or she may prescribe medications or other treatments to help with this symptom. However, there are also several tips that may help reduce chest tightness you’re experiencing.
- Check for poor posture — Many of us tend to ignore our sitting or standing posture, and as a result, we’re often slumped over in a position that restricts the lungs and chest. Therefore, sitting or standing with a straight back is a good way to reduce pressure on the lungs and may help with chest tightness.
- Take deeper breaths — Shallow breaths fail to stretch your lungs and chest, and this may result in feelings of tightness or even pain. To stretch your lungs more, work on gradually increasing the time it takes you to inhale and exhale. For instance, you can take 5 breaths where you inhale for 5 seconds and exhale for 5 seconds. Then, you can try to move up to 6, 7 or 8 seconds of inhaling and exhaling.
- Slow down your breathing — As mentioned earlier, hyperventilation is one cause of chest tightness. There are many breathing techniques you can use to slow your breathing and fight back against hyperventilation and chest tightness. For instance, pursed-lip breathing is one technique that may help.
- Change your diet — Eating lung-healthy fruits, vegetables and sources of healthy fats can help reduce the bloating associated with processed and fried foods. This type of diet is helpful for your lungs because it may help relieve chest tightness and other chronic lung disease symptoms.
- Know when to seek more help — Although your doctor may already be aware that you’re dealing with this symptom, it’s important to let them know if your chest tightness worsens or doesn’t react to treatment. This way they can help you find additional tips and treatment options that may work better for you.
Lung Health Institute Is Committed to Helping Chronic Lung Disease Patients
Our Lung Health Institute health care team is committed to helping patients with COPD and other chronic lung diseases. One way that we show this commitment is by offering several treatment options designed to reduce symptoms of chronic lung disease, such as chest tightness.
For example, we offer 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ plans that give you information about a lung-healthy diet, and this may help you treat chest tightness and other symptoms. These plans are also intended to help boost your immune system and train your body to use fats as fuel to fight inflammation.
Our team also offers cellular therapy as a treatment for chronic lung disease. Cellular therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses concentrated platelets and cells from your own blood to target lung disease. These platelets release healing properties that, when combined with growth factors, proteins and other helpful cells, may promote healing in damaged lung tissue and reduce lung inﬂammation.
Take the next step to find relief. Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.