Lung exercises + emphysema

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Hi,

Could someone tell me if respiratory muscle exercises prove of great benefit to someone with mild emphysema please?

 

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    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. COPD information | Patientpatient.info/health/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-leafletThe most important treatment is to stop smoking. ..... Studies have shown that people with COPDwho exercise regularly tend to improve their breathing, ease ...

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      Thanks Vee2 for replying.

      I am thinking of the type of exercises to open the chest and strengthen the muscles in particular.

      The ones I've found on youtube are concentrating on arms/chest exercise to help lung function?

      I have mobility problems so decent walking/cycling is no longer possible and I gave up smoking nearly 3 years ago, but want to do what I can to improve my capacity.   Is thatpossible?

       

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      Yes its well documented exercise will help lung conditions and health generally.

      As to whether it will improve your capacity that would remain to be seen. It would depend on if you are doing the exercises correctly and how often you do them etc.    It may pay you to ask your GP for a referral to a pulmonary rehabilitation programme, you will learn much about managing COPD and get a good idea on what sort of exercises will help to boot, all PR exercise training can be done seated as can many COPD exercise programmes that can be found on you tube.  Another option is referral to a physiotherapist for exercise guidance.

      Most all forms of exercise use the diaphragm muscles, exercising these muscles will make breathing more efficient, its important for all to exercise as best they can.

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