Breathing Exercises for COPD, Asthma, Bronchitis & Emphysema - Ask Doctor Jo

Breathing exercises that incorporate inspiratory muscle training can help with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). They can also help with asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. Purchase a high altitude training mask here: https://amzn.to/2VWcevd (affiliate link) NOTE: This is not the unit I used in the video. That one is no longer available.

These types of breathing exercises can give improvements in inspiratory muscle strength and endurance and exercise performance.

Inspiratory muscle training is basically a series of breathing exercises that aim to strengthen the bodies’ respiratory muscles making it easier for people to breathe. When a person is breathing normally, they typically use between 10 to 15 per cent of his or her total lung capacity. However, with Inspiratory muscle training, a person can typically increase the amount of lung capacity used.

A tool that can help with inspiratory muscle training is a high altitude training mask like the one from Perpetual Air featured in the video. These masks restrict air flow and can help with inspiratory muscle training. The Perpetual Air mask has various levels of air restriction that are easily adjusted.

The following exercises can be done either with our without a high altitude training mask.

The first breathing exercise is very simple. Breath in through your nose for 2 seconds and breath out through your mouth with pursed lips for 4 seconds.

Now you are going to move your arms with the breathing to loosen up the muscles around your chest area.

Finally, breathing with your diaphragm, or belly breathing, is a great way to relax and improve your breathing.

Related Video:

Breathing Exercises for Relaxation or COPD:
https://youtu.be/-7-CAFhJn78

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Breathing Exercises for COPD, Asthma, Bronchitis & Emphysema:
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Added on July 18th, 2018
Last updated: January 20th, 2020