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How do you do diaphragmatic breathing for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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Here's how to do diaphragmatic breathing:

1.Lie on your back with your knees bent. You can put a pillow under your knees for support.

2.Put one hand on your belly below your rib cage. Put the other hand on your chest.

3.Breathe in deeply through your nose and count to 3. Your belly and lower ribs should rise, but your chest should stay still.

4.Tighten your stomach muscles and breathe out for a count of 6 through slightly puckered lips.

SOURCES: 

American Association for Respiratory Care: "Exercising Safely with COPD." 

Cleveland Clinic: "COPD Exercise and Activity Guidelines," "Diaphragmatic Breathing," "COPD Exercise Precautions." 

University of Michigan Health System: "Breathing Exercises."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 31, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Association for Respiratory Care: "Exercising Safely with COPD." 

Cleveland Clinic: "COPD Exercise and Activity Guidelines," "Diaphragmatic Breathing," "COPD Exercise Precautions." 

University of Michigan Health System: "Breathing Exercises."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 31, 2019

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