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Can you have dysfunction breathing patterns without asthma/COPD etc? Would pursed lip breathing help retrain your body out of DSPs?

Can you have dysfunction breathing patterns without asthma/COPD etc? Would pursed lip breathing help retrain your body out of DSPs?

DSPs??: Sorry I don't know what you mean by DSPs. Pursed lip breathing is sometimes seen with copd as an involuntary means of maintaining positive pressure in the airways to avoid collapse of the tiny air sacs during expiration. In the absence of lung or neuromuscular disease anxiety may be the reason for irregular breathing patterns. ...Read more

Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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What is pursed lip breathing best used for?

What is pursed lip breathing best used for?

Positive pressure: It is used to try to maintain positive pressure breathing in people with obstructive airway disease. ...Read more

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How can pursed lip breathing reduce the symptoms of an asthma attack?

How can pursed lip breathing reduce the symptoms of an asthma attack?

Obstruction...: In an asthma attack, there is airway obstruction so expiration becomes difficult and, eventually, there is an increase in carbon dioxide since it can't be expired. Pursed lip breathing prolongs the expiratory phase of respiration so that, potentially, more air and carbon dioxide can be exhaled. That way, there is more room for oxygen to be inhaled. ...Read more

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What is pursed lip breathing and how does it help a patient who has asthma?

What is pursed lip breathing and how does it help a patient who has asthma?

See below: I think i may have answered this before - it provides another level of higher resistance at the pursed lips so it alleviates the resistance in the bronchial tubes caused by asthma, as air flows through the path of least resistance. ...Read more

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What is pursed lip breathing and how can it help patients suffering from asthma?

What is pursed lip breathing and how can it help patients suffering from asthma?

See below: Asthma is a disease of the small airways getting constricted and not allowing air to get out. By adding another level of obstruction at the pursed lips, this makes it easier for the airways to open up to overcome the added resistance. Hope this makes sense. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Pursed lip breathing?

What is the definition or description of: Pursed lip breathing?

Pressing your lips: Pressing your lips together prevents air from leaving the lung. This is helpful in patients with COPD and bad asthma. It creates auto positive pressure in endexpiration. It is related to tracheobronchial collapse and pulmonary function testing can be quite helpful. ...Read more

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High bp, heart skips, morning headaches , lips and inside of thighs a blueish colour , I think emphysema ? Had 1 episode of Afib ,

High bp, heart skips, morning headaches , lips and inside of thighs a blueish colour , I think emphysema ? Had 1 episode of Afib ,

Requires exam: You have multiple symptoms which cannot be answered online without a comprehensive physical exam, blood testing, pulmonary function testing, EKG and cardiology consultation. It appears that you are also on a detox program and I suggest a review of all meds. ...Read more

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Emphysema (Definition)

Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more


Pursed Lip Breathing (Definition)

Pressing your lips together prevents air from leaving the lung. This is helpful in patients with COPD and bad asthma. It creates auto positive pressure in endexpiration. It is related to tracheobronchial collapse and pulmonary function testing ...Read more