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

hey everybody it's Doctor Jo, and today
I'm going to show you some breathing exercises that may help with things like
COPD, asthma, emphysema, and even bronchitis. so let's get started. for the breathing exercises, one of the great training tools is using inspiratory muscle training. and this is really great for
things like COPD and asthma, and all those other things because the muscles
that you use to breathe in, are the things that help us breathe in, so if
they're weak or if they're not working properly, that's when you have all those
other issues. so a lot of research shows that that inspiratory muscle training,
the building up those muscles, is what really helps with the breathing. so if
you're having a hard time breathing, I'm going to show you some exercises that
help with that. and the way to really do that inspiratory muscle training is kind
of just restricting airflow coming in. so you have your lungs and those muscles
have to work harder to get that air into your lungs.

So a great tool that you can
use for that is a high altitude training mask. and the folks at perpetual air sent
me their mask. so I'm really just going to talk about it today as a rehab tool
to help increase those muscles and strengthening the lungs and everything,
but what's so great about it is you can see here that once you put it on, and
I'll put it completely on in a second, sounds like Bane, it makes it a lot
harder to breathe.

So your muscles have to work harder to get that air in. so
this is a great tool because you're exercising those muscles that sometimes
are hard to figure out how to exercise. you can walk, and you can do exercises,
but to get that extra training you want to reduce that airflow, and the perpetual
air really does that. and what's super great about this mask is it has four
different levels on each side. so it restricts the air flow even more. so if
you do one on this side it makes it a little bit harder to breathe. you can do
them together and you can go all the way up to four and that makes it even more

So it's just more exercise for your lungs and those muscles around
your lungs. and so you also have these which go in here to make it more as well. so you would start off with these, and if you
get strong enough where you can get to four on each side and you want it even
more restricted, then you can add those in as well. so if you have an ailment
like COPD, asthma, the bronchitis, emphysema, I would start off with your
exercises without that mask, but once you get going you can definitely put this on
to get a better training and really start getting some better breathing. and
then when you're doing your everyday activities, and you don't have the mask
on, it makes it that much easier to breathe because your muscles have been
trained for that.

So the way these work is pretty neat because this one
particularly has the way you can put around it it opens up and then this part
is nice and smooth. so this one goes kind of over your head and then there's an
adjustable strap in the back. so I'm going to put it on. can you hear me now? And so I'm gonna breathe in. and so you can see that I'm having to
work a little bit harder for that. so I'm going to go into the exercises now. I'm
just gonna do the first one with the mask and then I'm going to do the other
ones without the mask because I really want you to do the exercises first
without the mask, and then if you're progressing and you're doing well, then
you can get the mask and do it.

So the first one, the first one is you're going
to breathe in just for about two seconds with your mouth closed and then out for
four seconds with your lips pursed like that. almost like you're sucking through
a straw. but when you have the mask on you don't necessarily have to purse your
lips because it's doing all of that for you, but really try and breathe in those
two seconds nice and strong, and then four seconds breathing out. so you're really
just working those muscles in the lungs. so you can see if you're doing it along
with me, even if you do it without the mask, but just breathing in a little bit
and blowing out it gets you winded pretty quickly.

So I'm gonna do it one
more time without the mask on so you can see what I'm doing with my lips. so
breathing, in mouth closed. so you're really just trying to get all that
excess air out, and you're pursing your lips to make it harder to. so the great thing
about the mask is it goes both ways, not just the blowing out, so that's why I
really like the concept of using the mask for these things. but make sure if
you're thinking about using the mask, talk with your doctor or your physical
therapist or your respiratory therapist because you might not quite be ready for
this. so make sure that you get the okay to be able to use something that makes
it a little bit harder.

So if you're interested in purchasing the perpetual
air mask, make sure and click on the link up there. so the next exercise is just
going to be getting your muscles working using your arms to get all the muscles
going as well. so you're still going to be breathing in through your mouth,
purse your lips, and then blowing out, but this time you're going to add some
arm movement in there.

So just clasp your hands out in front of you, arms nice and
straight. and so this time you don't have to worry about the seconds you want to
take a nice deep breath. so you can do this for a little while so you're gonna
breathe in through your nose and purse and go. so you want to blow as much as you can to get all that air out of the lungs. nice deep breath in, and again if you're ready
to do it with the mask you can do it with the mask too, but by doing this
you're starting to work these chest muscles as well and they all work
together for breathing. so that's really really important as well. and so the last
exercise is really just diaphragmatic breathing. so this is really important to
do because using your diaphragm it's that big huge muscle in there that helps
with the lungs as well.

And so a lot of times when we're breathing, we just
breathe really shallow. studies show that when we're just breathing normally we
only use about 10 to 15 percent of our lung capacity, and that's not very much.
these things are nice and big, so you want to be able to get that air in and
get it out. so when you're doing diaphragmatic breathing,
it's sometimes people call it belly breathing, and so what you're really
doing is breathing in through your belly versus your chest. so a lot of times
people like to kind of place their hand on their belly, place a hand on their
chest. the hand on your chest really shouldn't move. it shouldn't be rising
and going down.

The movement should be at your stomach. so that's how you can tell.
some people like to kind of put their hands like this, and so you can see your
hands going in and out. I like this one a little bit better. sometimes lying down
is a little bit better too because you can see the stomach moving, but I'm just
going to kind of show you here, and see if you can see where I'm gonna breathe
in and my stomach's gonna come out, and then breathe out and it coming in.

Is my
tummy growling? I must be hungry. so as you can see, that hands coming in and out
and this one's just kind of staying still. and as you do it more, you'll be
able to breathe in more and breathe out more and it's a really relaxing tool as
well. so if you're a little bit stressed out, especially if you're having some
breathing issues, doing that diaphragmatic breathing really works as
well and you can do that with the mask on too, but make sure you're just
building up to it and then getting there. if you're interested in a little bit
more exercises you can check out my other video. I go into some other
exercises as well. so those were your breathing exercises that may help with things like COPD, asthma, bronchitis, and even
emphysema. so if you're interested in purchasing the perpetual air high
altitude mask, make sure and click up there. and don't forget to subscribe by
clicking down there. and remember be safe, have fun, and I hope you feel better soon.

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