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COPD: Breathing Exercises

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.


Breathing exercises

may help you manage symptoms of COPD, such as shortness of breath. The exercises strengthen the muscles you use to breathe. They may also help you get air easier when you are having trouble breathing. Your healthcare provider will tell you how often to do these exercises.

Deep breathing and coughing

can decrease your risk for a lung infection:

Pursed-lip breathing

can be helpful before you start an activity or any time you feel short of breath:

Diaphragmatic breathing

will help strengthen the muscles you use to breathe:

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