Breathing exercises help manage Asthma, COPD and other lung issues.
In fact, asthmatics who retrain their breathing style, reduce preventer medication levels by up to 50% and reliever use by up to 86%.
As per the latest WHO report between 100 and 150 million people around the globe suffer from asthma and this number is rising. India has an estimated 15-20 million asthmatics. Worldwide, deaths from asthma have reached over 180,000 annually.
Asthma triggers cause over-breathing.
Due to chronic over breathing, CO2 level is always low in asthmatics. When a “trigger” is encountered, they over-breathe. This causes the CO2 levels to plummet; lungs to spasm, secretion of mucous constrict the airways — a defense to stop CO2 loss.
Gentle Sine wave Diaphragmatic breathing exercises brings the Carbon Dioxide levels back to balance, resulting in hyperventilation breathing pattern to normalize. Symptoms of an asthma attack will diminish and/or disappear altogether.
Breathing exercises benefits in correcting COPD.
A lot has been written about COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) but simply put COPD means – ‘Long standing blockages in the Lungs disease’ – an irreversible & degenerating disease that makes it progressively difficult to breathe.
There is no known cure for COPD but controlled Diaphragmatic breathing exercises and lifestyle changes can help you feel better and stay more active.
COPD rehabilitation Breathing techniques can enhance breathing quality by up to 40%.
Breathing exercises for asthma, COPD and other lung ailments can be divided into three groups
Exercises aimed at breathing retraining (getting the breath to a natural sine wave diaphragm breathing pattern); exercises aimed at increasing the strength of the primary respiratory muscles (diaphragm muscle training); and exercises aimed at increasing the flexibility of the thoracic cage and improving posture (musculoskeletal training).