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    • #31250
      Patrick Coghlan
      Participant

      A friend of mine suggested I start doing (yoga) deep-breathing exercises to help improve lung health.

      I started last week and am working my way up to  5 min/day.  It’s not easy.  Fibrotic lungs don’t like to stretch!

      Anyone else trying this?

    • #31251
      Ann Garner
      Participant

      The breathing exercises become so much more difficult and stressful as the IPF progresses.  Try for as long as you can.

    • #31253
      Tim Costar
      Participant

      Which exercises are you doing. I’m doing a couple that require machines e.g. holding a plastic ball in a clear plastic cylinder for as long as you can. Also do chest stretching exercises but interested in as many options as I can find.

      • #31291
        Patrick Coghlan
        Participant

        She basically showed me a diagram involving:

        1. Lie on your back, hands on abdomen
        2. Breathe in through the nose and feel abdomen rise
        3. Breathe out through the nose

        Repeat and try to work up to doing this for 5 minutes…which I find is roughly 30 cycles.

      • #31307
        Richard D.Gueard
        Participant

        What is the name of the devise you are using

    • #31254
      Ann Garner
      Participant

      Trying that one and simply blowing up balloons and playing harmonica a bit. All much harder recently

    • #31259
      Christie Patient
      Moderator

      That’s a great tip from your friend! There’s an app called Prana Breath that is JUST yogic breathing exercises (no moving or stretching involved) if you want to give it a try. 🙂 Practicing deep breathing can be tricky with the PF cough, but pursed-lip breathing and activities like other people have mentioned are good rehab exercises. Do as much as you can

      • #31352
        Chris Wolary
        Participant

        WHEN I look up this Prana Breath in the apple App Store…I don’t see that specific app is there another name for it…I do see several different breathing app though…any help???

        • #31376
          Christie Patient
          Moderator

          Hi @blue Chris, I use it on an android phone, so perhaps it isn’t yet built for Apple iOS. I can help you find a comparable app if you’d like. Try searching “breathing exercises” in the app store and see what comes up.

    • #31298
      Judy Fraser
      Participant

      Great recommendations. I’m going to try them. And follow this topic for more suggestions.

      • #31299
        Allan Byron
        Participant

        Hello
        Will try it myself, thanks

        Allan Byron

    • #31308
      James christenberry
      Participant

      I’ve been doing  the three that came out in a Chinese paper from last year, two of them are Yoga-like stretches and have really seemed to help me.  Only takes a few minutes a day and I use a 3lb weight now with A & B.   https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34353031/

    • #31311
      Linda Maguire
      Participant

      The 3 Chinese exercises referred to by James Christenberry showed good results at 6 & 12 months in a study published in the Annals of Palliative Medicine with improvements on PFT numbers compared to the control group (google Annals of Palliative Medicine Breathing Exercises for IPF to see the exercises & study results).  Exercises are easy to do.

      I have also had good results with a simple exercise called a Rib Stretch which was published on this forum in 7/19:  Stand upright with your back arched.  Exhale all of the oxygen from your lungs.  Breathe in slowly, filling your lungs as much as possible.  Hold your breath for at least 10 seconds, or as long as possible.  Slowly exhale.  Repeat 1x daily.  My lung capacity improved significantly on PFT after doing this exercise for 2 months.  I also use pursed lips breathing if I find myself getting short of breath during exercise or on 6 min. walk tests.  This technique opens your airways & improves oxygen & carbon dioxide exchange.

    • #31314
      Forrest
      Participant

      Greetings friends,  so glad I joined you today.  I’ve been looking for a link to the Chinese breathing exercises, thanks James.  And I’ll give the Prana Breath app a go.  My friend Julie just did a Qi Gong training & sent me a 20 min. video For Better Breathing routine.  I felt energized by it.  My first day as a member & already lots of nice support.  Thanks for being here.  Breathe easy.

      • #31367
        Christie Patient
        Moderator

        Hi All, Forrest mentioned another good breathing exercise, Qi Gong, which we have discussed at length in the forums in the past. For new members, did you know that you can search keywords on the site to find relevant threads? You can do this by using the search bar at the top right of the page. Keywords like “breathing exercises” or “pulmonary regab” would be helpful for more info on this topic 🙂

    • #31467
      Stewart
      Participant

      You might want to try an Airofit device.  It’s a kind of training spirometer that athletes (and others) use to increase their lung capacity and the strength and control of their breathing.

      I’ve been using one for a couple weeks, training for a few minutes every morning.  Even in that time my lung capacity and inhaling strength increased markedly.

      The Airofit and smartphone app cost about $300 at Amazon and elsewhere.

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