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Breathing Exercises for COPD, Asthma, Bronchitis & Emphysema

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Breathing exercises that incorporate inspiratory muscle training can help people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). They can also help with asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.

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These types of breathing exercises can give improvements in inspiratory muscle strength and endurance and exercise performance.

Inspiratory muscle training is basically a series of breathing exercises that aim to strengthen the bodies’ respiratory muscles making it easier for people to breathe. When a person is breathing normally, they typically use between 10 to 15 per cent of his or her total lung capacity. However, with Inspiratory muscle training, a person can typically increase the amount of lung capacity used.

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The following exercises can be done either with our without a high altitude training mask.

The first breathing exercise is very simple. Breath in through your nose for 2 seconds and breath out through your mouth with pursed lips for 4 seconds.

Now you are going to move your arms with the breathing to loosen up the muscles around your chest area.

Finally, breathing with your diaphragm, or belly breathing, is a great way to relax and improve your breathing.

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Radial Nerve Glides or Nerve Flossing

Radial nerve glides, radial nerve flossing, and radial nerve stretches should be done very carefully. Don't overdo the glide or flossing movements because that can cause more irritation.

Some people might consider some of these nerve stretches, but as long as you keep it in a comfortable level, you should see the benefits.

Radial nerve gliding or nerve flossing is when you are moving the median nerve at each end together. This helps break up scar tissue or adhesions that might be causing pain. It can also help if you have a nerve compressed somewhere. Make sure not to force any of the movements, and try to use proper technique.

The last movement is more of a stretch on the median nerve since you are pulling away at both sides. So if you feel any pain, you might not be ready for it yet.

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Median Nerve Glides or Nerve Flossing

Median nerve glides, median nerve flossing, and median nerve stretches should be done very carefully. Don't overdo the glide or flossing movements because that can cause more irritation.

Median nerve gliding or nerve flossing is when you are moving the median nerve at each end together. This helps break up scar tissue or adhesions that might be causing pain. It can also help if you have a nerve compressed somewhere. Make sure not to force any of the movements, and try to use proper technique.

The last movement is more of a stretch on the median nerve since you are pulling away at both sides. So if you feel any pain, you might not be ready for it yet.

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5 Best Sciatica Exercises for a Herniated Disc

In addition to a herniated disc, sciatic pain can be caused by a few different things. These are my 5 favorite exercises for sciatica from a herniated disc.

The first exercise is a pelvic tilt. This is a great way to get those pelvis muscles, core muscles, and trunk muscles moving.

Then you will go into a bridge. This not only works the pelvic muscles to help protect the spine, but it also works the glutes and hamstrings.

Next are clamshell exercises. They look easy, but when they are done correctly, they do a great job of working the core and pelvic muscles.

Now you will do a bridge with a ball squeeze. The squeezing helps activate the adductors and inner thigh muscles to help all the muscles work together for a strong core.

Finally, you will do a prone bent leg lift. This again is great for working the gluteus maximus and hamstrings which are important for good trunk stability.

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5 Best Sciatica Stretches for a Herniated Disc

In addition to a herniated disc, sciatic pain can be caused by a few different things. These are my 5 favorite stretches for sciatica from a herniated disc.

The first stretch is going to be on your stomach or in prone. Prone props are a great way to help “push” the disc back into place. Sometimes you get increased symptoms, but they should subside once you stop.

Next is a figure four stretch lying down. It is a great stretch for the piriformis muscle, and it also help if you are having pain from a herniated disc. You can modify it if needed.

The last three stretches, are really nerve glides or neural flossing. If you have sciatic pain from a herniated disc compressing on the nerve, glides can help loosen or free the nerve. It also helps if there is some scarring on the nerve. Be careful with these because nerves are very fragile, so less is more.

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