Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a health condition that affects a person’s ability to breathe properly. It’s sometimes associated with other conditions such as Emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and large amounts of mucus that collect in the lungs.
Symptoms can worsen with time, but certain breathing exercises can help you to manage them.
There are five exercises that can be especially useful for people with COPD:
- pursed lip breathing
- coordinated breathing
- deep breathing
- huff cough
- diaphragmatic breathing
For this posting, I’d like to define one particular exercise known as the “Huff cough.”
What is the Huff Cough?
Huff coughing, or huffing, is an alternative to deep coughing when you have trouble clearing mucus out of your system. Take a deep breath (more than normal) and use your stomach muscles to make a series of quick and rapid exhalations with your airway open, making a “ha, ha, ha” sound.
Follow this exercise with controlled diaphragmatic breathing and a deep cough if you feel the mucus moving.