COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a health problem that has been on the rise. It’s most common cause is smoking, but it can also be brought on by pollution, chemical exposure, dust, and genetics. Those who frequently suffer from shortness of breath, chronic bronchitis, or emphysema should get see a doctor and be checked for COPD, especially if they are exposed to the common causes. An early diagnosis can help make sure that proper treatment and therapies are applied and used to make life better and last longer.
One of the first keys to treating (or avoiding) COPD is to quit smoking. This can help start the healing process. There are many methods to quit and these should be discussed with your physician or therapist to find the way that will work best for you.
There are a number of exercises and nutritional changes that your Pulmonary Therapist can help you make to improve your quality of life.
It may seem strange to suggest exercise when you are suffering from shortness of breath. However, it will help strengthen your muscles, provide breathing techniques, and help overall physical fitness.
Among the exercises your Pulmonary Therapist might suggest and guide you through are:
Strength Training: These will help build stamina, muscle strength, and endurance.
Breathing Exercises: Some breathing training includes resistance devices that will strengthen weakened diaphragms and lungs.
Leg and Upper Body Toning: By utilizing these muscle groups, you will not only be improving overall body tone, but it will help with blood flow.
It’s very important that you work with your Pulmonary Therapist while rebuilding your muscle system and managing your COPD. They will guide you through the training, monitor your COPD and breathing, and show you how to continue having a productive life.