Techniques to make breathing easier if you suffer from COPD

Problems with breathing, the feeling of not being able to take a deep breath, or struggle with shortened inhalation and exhalation. Maybe that tells you something too. If you personally know similar problems, you might want to try the following techniques.


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Deep breathing can clear the mind and suppress pain.




Techniques to facilitate breathing

Breathing with pursed lips
Effectively and easily facilitates breathing.

  1. Breathe in slowly through your nose until your lungs are full of air.
  2. Pursue your lips as if you want to whistle or kiss.
  3. Exhale slowly through your mouth, keeping your lips pursed. Remember that the exhalation should take twice as long as the inhalation and remember to keep the lips pursed.
  4. Do not try to empty your lungs too quickly.

helps to regulate breathing rate and the feeling of lack of air; accelerates the flow of air during breathing; reduces the amount of energy needed for breathing; increases the feeling of self-control; increases the ability to perform certain activities

Diaphragmatic breathing
The diaphragm is very important in the breathing process, it is the muscle that ensures breathing. When the diaphragm contracts, the lungs expand and fill with air. When the diaphragm is released, air escapes from the lungs.

  1. relax your shoulders
  2. place one hand on your stomach
  3. feel the belly rise
  4. tighten your abdominal muscles
  5. exhale using the pursed lips technique (you should feel your belly flatten)
  6. repeat three times in a row and rest for two minutes
  7. repeat this exercise several times a day

Never exhale forcefully (don’t try to empty your lungs as quickly as possible). When you start to feel dizzy, rest for a while and start again. You can do this exercise lying down, sitting, standing or while walking.

Lateral rib breathing

  1. Repeat the individual steps as for diaphragmatic breathing, but instead of placing your hands on your stomach, place them on your ribs.
  2. Feel your chest rise and fall as you breathe

Breath holding (apnea)
It improves the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide

  1. take a breath
  2. try to hold your breath for three seconds
  3. breathe out

Positions to reduce the feeling of lack of air
The position of the body also has an effect on reducing the feeling of lack of air. The following positions can help you reduce the feeling of shortness of breath

Seats:

  • rest your feet on the floor
  • lean forward slightly
  • rest your elbows on your knees
  • support your chin with your hands

or:

  • rest your feet on the floor
  • lean forward slightly
  • put your hands on the table
  • put your head on a pillow

Stands:

  • lean forward slightly
  • rest your hands on your thighs

    or:

  • rest your elbows on the furniture
  • rest your head on your forearms
  • relax your neck and shoulders

    or:

  • rest your palms on a piece of furniture

Controlled cough technique

  1. sit back and make yourself comfortable
  2. tilt your head slightly forward
  3. press both feet firmly on the floor
  4. take a deep breath using the diaphragmatic breathing technique
  5. try to hold your breath for three seconds
  6. open your mouth slightly and cough twice
  7. the first cough loosens the mucus and the second moves it upwards. Spit the mucus into a tissue and check its color. If the mucus is yellow, green, or reddish in color, contact your doctor. Throw away the pocketbook
  8. breathe calmly for a while and repeat once or twice if the result does not appear immediately

The controlled coughing technique helps: remove mucus from the lungs with less effort and save energy

Forceful exhalation
has similar effects to the controlled cough technique

  1. sit back and make yourself comfortable
  2. tilt your head slightly forward
  3. press your feet firmly on the floor
  4. take deep breaths using the diaphragmatic breathing technique
  5. exhale forcefully through an open mouth, as if fogging glass
  6. repeat once or twice

Exhaling forcefully helps: clear mucus from the airways with less effort, conserve energy, prevent infections caused by accumulated mucus in the lungs

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