COPD causes shortness of breath that makes life difficult and can ultimately lead to further health conditions and respiratory failure. However, if you’ve been diagnosed with COPD, there are some steps you can take to help improve your quality of life and breathe more clearly.
What can COPD patients do to breathe better?
Physical activity — It’s hard to stay physically active with shortness of breath, but maintaining some level of activity can help you breathe better. Physical activity helps keep your resting heart rate lower, which helps reduce stress from your lungs. Staying fit will help you with everyday tasks, like lifting objects, that COPD makes more difficult. Plus, physical activity is good for your mental health.
Physical activities that are good for people with COPD include:
- Riding a stationary bike
- Arm curls
- Calf raises
- Leg extensions
- Aquatic therapy
- Tai Chi and more
Talk with your physician about what kinds of physical activity are right for you and your level of COPD.
Breathing exercises — Your lungs function best when lung tissue is flexible and healthy. COPD causes your lungs to grow stiffer due to inflammation and scarring. Breathing exercises can help remove trapped air from your lungs and can help you take in more air. Some of these exercises strengthen the diaphragm muscle, which controls the expanding and contracting of your lungs.
Breathing exercises that are good for people with COPD include:
- Pursed-lip breathing
- Deep breathing
- Controlled coughing
- Diaphragm exercising
- Activity breathing
Medical treatment — Medical treatment helps manage the severity of your symptoms and slows the progression of inflammation related to COPD. Many forms of medical treatment make use of medication, steroids and pulmonary therapy to help treat COPD.
At the Lung Health Institute, we do things a little differently. Our treatments can work alongside your physician-ordered treatments to help improve your breathing.
Our lung restoration treatment™ is a form of cellular therapy that uses concentrated forms of your blood and cells to target infection and reduce inflammation, making it easier for you to breathe.
Our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ (AI²™) helps fight infection by introducing nutrients into your body that the body needs to improve its natural healing abilities.
Would you like to learn more about the treatments we offer at the Lung Health Institute? Contact us today to discover how we can help you Breathe Easier™ again.