Breathing exercises: Stacking & Hyperinflation

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AHands

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I'd been feeling unable to take a relaxing deep breath. My FVC suddenly dropped from 100% to 67%. The pulmonary therapist taught me these exercises, which seemed to help IMMEDIATELY!
Breath Stacking Exercise / Hyperinflation Breathes​

Breath Stacking is an exercise that may help to keep the small air pasages open or re-open them if they have become closed. This may help you get a big enough breath so that you can cough better to clear phlegm from your throat.
  1. Sit on the edge of the bed or chair in an upright position.
    Relax your shoulders.
  2. Take in a small breath, and hold this breath for one second.
    (Concentrate on filling the bases of the lungs.) Do NOT exhale!
  3. Take in a larger breath on top of the smaller breath, and then hold for one second. Do NOT exhale!
  4. Take in an even larger breath that will completely fill your lungs.
  5. Now hold your breath for three to ten seconds.
  6. Slowly exhale through pursed lips.
  7. Repeat this exercise two to for times per day
Hyperinflation Breathing:
Slow deep breath in until the lungs are completely full.
Then hokd your breath for five seconds.
Purse your lips when you exhale.
The therapist said that when inhaling, think "out, not up"--your belly should move out, your shoulders should NOT move up.
 

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Thanks for the info. Will have my husband try these.
 
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