Open Thread Friday 4-10-2020
Compromised breathing is a major problem in modern society. Pollution, smoking, infectious disease and simply aging slowly erodes the effectiveness of our breathing capacity. Teaching breathing skills is not a common practice in the United States. Medical practitioners are doing a better job now than in the past. Competitive practices from alternative medical traditions have increased the use of breath techniques in allopathic medicine. The names of the exercises are different, but the tecniques are similar.
The examples in the following videos are really important to learn before you actually have need to use them to keep breathing. I have put together a selection with different teachers and body types hopefully one resonates with you - to your improved health.
Importance of breath techniques from a medical qigong perspective. (5:41 min)
Belly breathing or diaphragmatic breathing to create a state of relaxation or simply relax the muscles in the upper torso and neck. (2:42 min)
Lotus breath or box breathing to reduce anxiety, calm an asthmatic episode or reduce panic breathing. Medical care is not always available and having lots of tools to try can sometimes prevent a bad situation from turning into a tragedy. (4:45 min)
Pursed lip breathing to improve exhaling stale air from the lungs. Not being able to bring air into the lungs is very scary. Understanding what is happening and having a plan for a breathing episodes can reduce anxiety and the need for additional medications to treat anxiety related to breathing. (5:22 min)
Recap of the three different breathing techniques shown above. (6:48 min)
Preventing secondary lung infections might keep you or someone you care about off a ventilator. This video was created by a British physician who is treating coronavirus patients. (3:42 min)
Unique presentation on the fundamentals of three yoga breathing techniques. Pretty upbeat. (12.11 min)
Dr Campbell demonstrating how coronavirus is aerosoled and spread by breath. (first 4:12 min then reviews research articles)
Over the years I have seen very few people use their inhalers properly. There are many different inhalers and each requires a different technique. Look for a video of the specific brand you use use and review. Bad habits occur gradually, you should recheck your technique periodically. Ideally this would be happening during your medical visits. It does not happen for many patients, so please follow up on your own.
I have observed many individuals use an inhaler with this technique. It is NOT to be used in this manner for asthma or COPD. The medicine is not reaching the lungs. It is appropriate for an esophagus problem, but not breath problem.
Other common mistakes with inhalers.