Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a progressive lung infection that causes shortness of breath and congestion. When you have COPD, simple tasks become challenging and the disease can eventually lead to respiratory failure or heart failure.
If you’ve been diagnosed with COPD, you may be wondering if there is any way to increase your lung function. At the Lung Health Institute, improving your lung function is our top priority. COPD is not a curable disease, but there are treatments and techniques that can help you improve your lung function, reduce inflammation and slow the progression of the disease.
How can COPD people with COPD increase lung function?
While you cannot reverse permanent damage caused by COPD, you can improve your ability to breathe with breathing exercises, physical activity and medical treatments:
- Breathing exercises — These are exercises designed to help remove trapped air from your lungs to make space for fresh air and reduce hyperinflation. Some of these exercises focus on strengthening the diaphragm muscle and rib muscles, which are responsible for helping your lungs expand and contract.Breathing exercises that are good for people with COPD include:
- Pursed-lip breathing
- Deep breathing
- Controlled coughing
- Diaphragm exercising
- Activity breathing
- Physical activity — Even though it is more challenging when you have shortness of breath, remaining physically active plays an important role in improving your lung health. Physical activity can help lower your heart rate, which reduces stress on your lungs.Physical activity looks different for individuals depending on the severity of the disease and other factors, like age and medical history. Simply going for a walk may be enough exercise for you or you may be able to enjoy activities like aquatic therapy or Tai Chi.
- Medical treatment — As mentioned before, COPD cannot be cured, but medical treatment is one of your best options for slowing its progression and controlling its symptoms. Many medical treatments for COPD include:
- Supplemental oxygen
- Pulmonary therapy
Contact the Lung Health Institute for COPD treatment
Our treatments at the Lung Health Institute can work alongside your physician-prescribed treatments to reduce inflammation and help you Breathe Easier™.
Our Cellular Therapy™ is a form of cellular therapy that uses concentrated forms of your blood and cells to target infection and reduce inflammation, making it easier for you to breathe.
Our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ (AI²™) helps fight infection by introducing nutrients into your body that the body needs to improve its healing natural abilities.
If you would like to learn more about our treatments and which ones are right for you, please contact us today. Our patient coordinators would love to speak with you about your treatment options.