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....

Quality Respiratory Care receives Marcel Bertrand Exceptional Support Services Program Award

MARKHAM, ON, April 26, 2012 – Quality Respiratory Care (QRC) in Saint John, New Brunswick will receive the ALS Society of Canada’s Marcel Bertrand Exceptional Support Services Program Award (group category) for the company’s extraordinary efforts to help those living with ALS, during an awards ceremony to be held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Toronto, on April 28. Quality Respiratory Care (QRC) provides a wide range of services to clients throughout southwestern, southeastern and central New Brunswick. Mirroring the objective of the ALS Society of New Brunswick, QRC aims to improve their clients’ quality of life. “We had a client who was outside of their service area, and we did not have any ‘recycled’ equipment available. QRC donated the equipment from their own equipment pool, and developed a service agreement that saw them travelling hours outside their service area to support that client. This would not be the last time they went out of the way to support our clients, or outside their service area,” said Carol Cottrill, former executive director, ALS New Brunswick. QRC staff works with the society to learn more about their programs and services and continues to work with ALS clients to ensure their needs – respiratory or otherwise – are met. Read the full article...