- Inhale deeply through your nose for two seconds, just like what you do when you are trying to smell something. Fill your lungs with air through the use of your stomach or abdominal muscles.
- Pucker your lips (as if you are blowing something). After which, gently exhale through your mouth. Exhale two times more as you did when you inhaled. As you exhale, make a low hissing sound.
- Continue the process numerous times.
Diaphragmatic Breathing (Belly Breathing)
Diaphragmatic breathing, often known as belly breathing, strengthens the diaphragm. The diaphragm is one of the most vital muscles for breathing. When you have COPD, the air gets trapped in your lungs and pushes against your lungs. As a result, persons with COPD breathe more through the neck, shoulder, and back muscles than with their diaphragm.
The optimal utilization of the diaphragm is considered to be helpful since it draws air into the lower lobes of the lungs, where greater gas exchange occurs. It encourages patients to breathe through their abdomen wall instead of their chest walls, which reduces chest wall motion. Moreover, it is also incredibly relaxing and soothing to use.
The following are the step-by-step procedure for this type of breathing exercise for chronic bronchitis:
- Position yourself on a flat surface. Ensure that your head has support and that your knees are bent.
- Place one hand slightly below your ribs and the other over your breastbone in the center chest area.
- Inhale through your nose, slowly and deeply.
- Exhale slowly through pursed lips while tightening the muscles right behind your ribs. A helpful tip for this is to use the hand you positioned behind your ribs to slowly press in and up.
- Repeat the process.
Unlike pursed-lip breathing, this technique requires more practice as you go along it. When you get the hang of it, you may use this type of breathing to reduce the shortness of breath during daily activities. Climbing the stairs, carrying or lifting an object, and exercising are few examples of such activities.