If you have severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you may find you take quick, small, shallow breaths. This pattern may be less effective for moving air in and out of the lungs. Breath training can help you reduce breathlessness.
Three basic breath training methods are diaphragmatic breathing, pursed-lip breathing, and breathing while bending forward. They can be used to help you get over times when you feel more short of breath, but they must be practiced regularly for you to do them well.
Breathing training can be done as an individual therapy or as part of a pulmonary rehabilitation program.
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