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QI struggle to get a breath with my COPD. Is there anything I could do that would help?
AI have found that 99% of my COPD patients slump their head and shoulders for wards, collapsing the ribcage downwards onto the abdomen. This prevents the diaphragm from drawing air
into the lungs as it should, so the patient has to suck air in actively using the neck muscles, something which is unnatural, stressful and exhausting. I show my patients how much better their breathing is when they sit or stand with their ribcage and their lungs expanded. I get patients to draw their head and shoulders back and use a series of exercises and breathing techniques called the Brice Method. This treatment plan is explained in my book COPD: Innovative Breathing Techniques by Paul Brice, £15.99 from WWW.HAMMERSMITH BOOKS.CO.UK or £5.99 as an Ebook from Amazon.
Could better posture help?