Do breathing exercises for the care and relief of COPD
Effectiveness: 4.3Popularity: 15
Why it works: Pursed-lip breathing and diaphragmatic breathing are techniques that can help you breathe more efficiently with COPD by increasing the blood oxygen levels and help reduce shortness of breath. They can also help improve breathing for people with asthma as well as people who just want to optimize their breathing.
Pursed-lip breathing slows down the breathing pace and control shortness of breath. The method works by reducing how often a breath is taken, which keeps the airways open for a longer period.
Diaphragmatic breathing, or deep breathing, is breathing that is done by contracting the diaphragm, a muscle located horizontally between the thoracic cavity and abdominal cavity. Diaphragmatic breathing improve pulmonary function, cardiorespiratory fitness, respiratory muscle length and respiratory muscle strength.
How it works: To practice pursed lip breathing, breathe in for two seconds through your nose, keeping your mouth closed. Try to fill your abdomen with air instead of just your lungs. Purse your lips like you’re blowing on hot food and then breathe out for four seconds, or take twice as long to exhale as you took to breathe in if you are unable to do the two-and-four-seconds pace. Keep on practicing until you can breathe like this naturally.
To practice diaphragmatic breathing, lie on your back on a flat surface with your knees bent. Place one hand on your upper chest and the other on your belly, just below your rib cage. Breathe in slowly through your nose, letting the air in deeply, towards your lower belly. The hand on your chest should remain still, while the one on your belly should rise. Tighten your abdominal muscles and let them fall inward as you exhale through pursed lips. The hand on your belly should move down to its original position. After feeling comfortable with this technique, you can practice it by sitting in a chair, with your knees bent and your shoulders, head, and neck relaxed.
The self cure remedy of Do breathing exercises for the care and relief of COPD has an effectiveness score of 4.3 and a popularity score of 15 on the self-cure system.