More tips for Best Breathing

To reduce your shortness of breath during exertion, try the following: Stay active – but slow down. Most people will try to reach their intended destination by walking as fast as they can – so they improve their chances of getting to the destination without having to stop.  Walk slower and you won’t become as short of breath and will be able to reach your destination. Don’t plan too much activity on hot humid days.  As well, try not to do too much exertion in the extreme cold. If your doctor has prescribed a higher rate of oxygen flow to the exertion prescription a few minutes before you exert yourself. Keep this higher flow running until you have stopped your activity and your breathing settles back down. When in a shopping mall, use a shopping cart to walk with, if you don’t normally use other walking aids.  Place your oxygen in the cart and rest some of your body weight on the push handles of the cart. This helps expand the space in your chest cavity, giving more room for your lungs – and it conserves energy!  This is a great way to stay active, see friends and satay out of the elements (ie. cold and heat) that bothers your...

Minimize Shortness of Breath

If you are experiencing shortness of breath, the following steps may help: Stop and rest in a comfortable position, sitting down if possible. Try and remain calm. Lean forward and relax your head and shoulders. Breathe slowly through your nose and out through your mouth using the pursed lip technique. Begin diaphragmatic breathing until you are no longer short of breath. Remain in this position until you feel you have regained adequate control of your...

Controlled Coughing

It is also important to clear phlegm or mucous from your lungs so that you can decrease the risk of infection. Some patients may have difficulty with this and may need to use a controlled cough technique to do so. Sit down and lean forward. Take a slow deep breath and hold it for three seconds. Cough out twice, using your diaphragm muscle to push upward while you cough....

Breathing Exercises

Breathing exercises help to gain control of breathing. This is especially important when doing an activity which will cause you to become short of breath.  By following these steps, you will be able to show down your breathing rate and increase the amount of Oxygen in your lungs. Pursed Lip Breathing Breathe in slowly through your nose for one count. Purse your lips as if you were going to whistle. Breathe out gently through pursed lips for two slow counts. Diaphagmatic Breathing Relax your shoulders. Put one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. You should be able to feel the hand on your abdomen moving out when you breathe in. Breathe out slowly though your pursed lips, your should be able to feel the hand on your abdomen moving in as you breathe out. Lateral Costal Breathing Repeat the steps outlined in the diaphragmatic breathing. Place your hands on the ribcage instead of the abdomen. Feel your chest expand and contract as you...

Helpful Tips for Best Breathing

Oxygen therapy helps to fuel the brain and muscle cells and eases the workload of the heart.  It can also help to improve sleep, mood, alertness and memory. With Oxygen therapy, many people find that they can resume some, if not many of their normal activities.  The following information is meant as a guideline to help you further improve respiratory condition and get the most out of your Oxygen Therapy.   Tips and Techniques If you area smoker, consider smoking cessation. Your doctor will be able to suggest ways to help you stop smoking. Be compliant with your doctor’s directions for therapy, including taking medication as prescribed and following your Oxygen prescription precisely. Eat a balanced diet and maintain a healthy body weight.  This should also include drinking plenty of drinking waster to ensure that you are well-hydrated which will aid in the clearance of mucous (see Controlled Coughing).  If you take water pills (diuretics) talk to your doctor first about your optimal fluid intake. Stay active!  Discuss an appropriate exercise routine with your doctor. Learn how to control your breathing (see Breathing Exercises) to further improve your...