For many individuals recovering from COVID-19, the respiratory aftermath can be challenging. Dubbed as “Long-Haulers,” these patients often describe symptoms like shortness of breath, chest tightness, and a general sense of not getting enough air. Breathing exercises, as a component of pulmonary rehabilitation, have shown promise in improving lung function and reducing respiratory discomfort for these individuals. This article explores various breathing techniques that Long-Haul COVID patients can utilize to aid their recovery.
The diaphragm, a dome-shaped muscle at the base of the lungs, plays a pivotal role in breathing. This exercise aims to make the diaphragm more efficient.
This technique helps increase the amount of oxygen that reaches the lungs and can also help improve the removal of carbon dioxide.
Box breathing can reduce stress and improve concentration, both of which can be beneficial for Long-Haulers experiencing anxiety with their respiratory symptoms.
This is a type of mindful breathing that encourages patients to focus on their breathing, combining it with imagery or a focus word.
While this requires specific devices, it can significantly strengthen the respiratory muscles.
A technique borrowed from yogic traditions, it can help to open up the nasal passages and bring a sense of relaxation.
Breathing exercises are an integral part of the rehabilitation journey for Long-Haul COVID patients facing respiratory challenges. Regular practice, under guidance from healthcare professionals, can enhance lung capacity, strengthen respiratory muscles, and alleviate some of the distress associated with persistent respiratory symptoms. Always consult with a medical or physiotherapy professional before starting any new exercise regimen.
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