COPD: Breathing is easier

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease causes difficulty breathing. It is impossible to restore lung health, but one can prevent complications and improve well-being.

Key points

  • If you have COPD, you will notice that you are doing quick, shallow breathing.
  • It is important to avoid shortness of breath.
  • Teaching proper breathing will help get rid of shortness of breath and take deep breaths.
  • Practicing proper breathing is necessary regularly.

What is breathing training?

Quick, superficial breaths complicate the flow of air into the lungs.

You can try three basic ways to facilitate breathing:

  • Inhaling with closed lips helps to breathe more air.
  • The inhalation of the diaphragm helps the lungs open up to absorb more air. The diaphragm is a large muscle between the lungs and the stomach.
  • The inhalation in the forward slope facilitates an easier movement of the diaphragm.

Why should you use these methods of breathing?

One of the main symptoms of COPD is shortness of breath, which is aggravated by physical exertion. Breathing takes a lot of energy, patients often lose weight and become weaker. Small superficial breaths make it difficult for air to enter the lungs. The study of new ways to control breathing in these cases will help improve well-being and get rid of the discomfort.

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How to use these breathing techniques?

Use these methods when necessary and practice as often as possible.

Breathing with closed lips

Breathing with closed lips (meaning not tightly closed) helps to get more air into the lungs. This allows you to perform physical activities.

  • Breathe in with your nose and mouth, almost closing your lips.
  • Breathe for about 4 seconds, then make a slow exhalation for 6 to 8 seconds.

Diaphragm breathing

Breathing with a diaphragm expands the lungs and receives more air. The diaphragm is a large muscle between the lungs and the stomach.

  • Lie on your back.
  • Put one hand on your stomach, the other on your chest, inhale. You should feel the movement of the hand on your stomach, while the hand on your chest should remain motionless. Practice this method of breathing for 20 minutes, 2 - 3 times a day.

Breathing when tilted forward

Breathing in this way will reduce shortness of breath during exercise and rest. You can apply this method in a sitting or standing position.

The doctor's consultation

If you have any questions about breathing techniques, consult your doctor.

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