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These Breathing Exercises Ease the Symptoms of COPD

May 7, 2023
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Use these breathing exercises to help reduce and manage COPD symptoms.


As the temperature rises, the allure of enjoying the summer scents draws us outdoors. However, for individuals dealing with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the simple act of breathing becomes a formidable challenge during warmer months. The elevated temperatures and increased humidity can exacerbate COPD symptoms, including chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing, and excess mucus in the lungs. Left unaddressed, these symptoms can worsen over time. Fortunately, incorporating straightforward breathing exercises can offer relief to individuals coping with COPD.

There are several steps you can take today to help improve life for someone with COPD.

Effective Breathing Exercises for COPD:

  1. Deep Breathing:

    • Sit or stand with your elbows slightly back and chest fully expanded.
    • Inhale deeply through your nose.
    • Hold the breath for a count of five.
    • Exhale slowly through your nose until fully exhaled.
  2. Pursed Lip Breathing:

    • Close your mouth and inhale through your nose for a count of two.
    • Purse your lips as if whistling.
    • Exhale slowly through pursed lips for a count of four.
  3. Coordinated Breathing:

    • Inhale through your nose before starting exercise or during high-anxiety moments.
    • Purse your lips and exhale through your mouth during the most strenuous part of your exercise.
  4. Diaphragmatic Breathing:

    • Sit or lie down, relax your shoulders.
    • Inhale through your nose for a count of two, allowing your stomach to expand more than your chest.
    • Exhale slowly through pursed lips, gently pressing on your stomach.
  5. Huff Cough:

    • In a comfortable seated position, inhale deeply through your mouth.
    • Using your stomach muscles, exhale in three even breaths, making a “ha, ha, ha” sound to clear mucus from your lungs.

Enhancing the ability to breathe not only contributes to improved health for those with COPD but also provides comfort and alleviates anxiety. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, individuals practicing these breathing exercises experience greater improvements in lung capacity and overall quality of life.

For personalized assistance with breathing exercises and COPD management, turn to the expertise of Home Matters Caregiving Houston. Our senior care professionals offer a range of services, from general personal care to specialized COPD and chronic disease management.

Contact us at 832-371-6600 for a free consultation to share the challenges you’re facing, and to learn how our personalized home care services can help you.

Home Matters Caregiving proudly serves the Houston Metro area providing care for seniors wherever they call home.

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Tyler Williams

As an Area Owner and Operator of a Home Matters Caregiving franchise, I am committed to ensuring exceptional outcomes for our valued clients and caregivers. My passion for elevating our service quality is matched by my role as a blogger and social media manager for the franchise, where I share insights, updates, and foster community engagement. Prior to senior care, I used my strategic communication and brand development skills as the Marketing Director of a regional bank. My diverse experience supports my commitment to excellence and innovation in both healthcare and digital communication.
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