Cookie's Tuesday Tip- What Is COPD?

A lot of people have been diagnosed with COPD.  COPD is basically a catch phrase for a variety of illnesses or disorders.  COPD is an acronym for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.  The four most well known types of COPD are asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, and emphysema.  COPD can make it very difficult for people to breathe.

There are some breathing techniques that those who suffer from COPD can use to alleviate their symptoms.  Pursed-lipped breathing is one of these techniques.  To pursed-lip breathe, you basically gently blow out like you are going to whistle but you don't make any noise.  This will create a back pressure that will hold your bronchial passages open so the air in your distal airways can escape.  I have demonstrated this in the video above.  

There are other treatments available that help to relieve symptoms of COPD.  You should work with your doctor or other health care professional to determine what will bring the best results for you. 


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