When performed properly, breathing exercises can help improve oxygen flow, even with emphysema involved, and are simple to practice anywhere. Pursed-lip breathing is done by breathing through the nose for two to three seconds with a closed mouth. Purse the lips similar to whistling and exhale twice as long as the inhale. Diaphragmatic breathing requires placing one hand on the rib cage and the other hand on the chest and monitoring the lower hand’s movement while breathing in and out slowly. Breathing this way strengthens the diaphragm. A focus on simply breathing is surprisingly helpful when it comes to treating emphysema symptoms and increasing quality of life.
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