Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Breathing Exercises

One thing I forgot to mention about last week's appointment was some advice the respiratory thearapist gave me. She said that, because the baby is going to start squishing my lungs, I should start doing exercises to fill all those little alveoli with air. This will help prevent mucus from just hanging out and causing infections in my lungs. Specifically, she mentioned stretching so that my shoulders are rolled back and my chest is stuck out, (imagine trying to stretch out your rib cage as much as possible), and taking deep, long, breaths.

The exercises make me cough, which I assume means they are helping, (my CF doctor once told me that I cough when I take a deep breath because I am making mucus move around).

Anyway, I just wanted to pass along this info!


Nicole said...

this sounds great, I'll try it, especially good since so many of us stay 'hunched' over. Also one thing I do is a positive breathing excercise. You basically take a small breath in, hold it until you need air, repeat more air in...etc each time doing a small breath and holding until you need more air. At some point you feel like you are going to burst and your body forces you to cough. This helps propel mucous out of those small areas that you have just pressurized with air.


Alicea (mnbride1013) said...

Great info, I'll have to remember that for Kyle when he gets older.

L & J Cross said...

haha i have CF too. and i tried ur advice. def started coughing up a storm!! thanks :-)

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