Muscle training may lessen COPD symptoms

Muscle training may lessen COPD symptoms

There are 8 comments on the Reuters story from May 24, 2006, titled Muscle training may lessen COPD symptoms. In it, Reuters reports that:

NEW YORK - For people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease such as emphysema, high intensity training of the muscles used for breathing can improve muscle function and reduce dyspnea and fatigue, ...

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Becky Leopold

Vancouver, Canada

#1 Jun 14, 2006
My Father who is 87 has severe COPD - is on inhalers as well as oxygen tanks daily - can you please tell me what these excercises are or who we can contact in Vancouver BC to initiate this excercise program.
Many Thanks
Dave D


#2 Aug 5, 2007
using any muscles takes oxygen so just about anything he does should help. Some people try blowing up ballons and I've heard playing a harmonica is also good. I walk on a treadmill for 30 min every day and use light weights for arm workouts. For me It's made a world of difference.I'm also have rather severe COPD am on oxygen and use Advair500/50.My FEV 1 is 23% and has been that for the last 2years. Good Luck !
Suzanne Andrews

New Smyrna Beach, FL

#3 Mar 4, 2010
I'm an Occupational Therapy Practitioner and host of Functional Fitness PBS TV and COPD DVD whose seen the results of medically tested therapeutic exercise on my patients daily.

There are several specific exercises one can do to increase their breathing muscles. The Functional Fitness DVD was just reviewed by the medical board at if you want to take a look at the review it's at:
Healthiest Blessings
Suzanne Andrews

Luton, UK

#4 Apr 12, 2010
hi, i have copd ,can anyone tell me why is it if a bend ie to tie shoes that i loose my breath, also do any of you suffer from panic attacks?

Gilbert, AZ

#5 Jun 18, 2010
I do have difficulty doing anything bending over but I also have a lot of difficulty lifting my arms over my head. I guess it's the nature of the "beast".
I suffer often from panic attacks quite often. My doctor said it's because it is human nature to panic when one can't breath well, so even when my breathing is somewhat down I sometimes just go into a panic. Also, I take a lot of prednisone which makes me very shaky and I think also causes the panic.

Sherbrooke, Canada

#6 Feb 13, 2011
hi,i am using advair500,2 times a day.before i was using advair250,still i do have difficulty breathing and plus now my muscals are giving so much pain ,it is affecting my uper body.also i get panic attacks often,when i start doing some work i feel out of breath.

United States

#7 Sep 2, 2011
My apology if I've chosen the wrong venue for this observatio:
While home alone I frequently experience worsening of my COPD sytems. The near opposite of this is that it seems a lively and animated conversationwith a friend or even just talking to myself seems to lessen the effects of COPD greatly. My imagination or a pscholigical possibility

Howell, NJ

#8 Sep 25, 2015
Why does my oxygen level El go down to 95 when sitting? When I'm moving about, I'm 97-98.

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