If you have severe
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you may
find you take quick, small, shallow breaths. This pattern may be less effective
for moving air in and out of the lungs. Breath training can help you reduce
Three basic breath training methods are diaphragmatic breathing,
pursed-lip breathing, and breathing while bending forward. They can be used to
help you get over times when you feel more short of breath, but they must be
practiced regularly for you to do them well.
Breathing training can be done as an individual therapy or as part of
a pulmonary rehabilitation program.
November 29, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology
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