Lung and breathing problems are common in a spinal cord injury (SCI). This is because you may not be able to use some of the muscles necessary for breathing, or they may be very weak. This makes it difficult to breath, cough, and bring up mucus from the lungs, which leads to a greater risk of lung infections such as pneumonia.
By practicing breathing every day, you can strengthen the muscles you use for breathing.
Take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds; then slowly breathe out.
Take a deep breath, quickly. You want to breathe in as much air as you can, as fast as you can. Then breathe out as fast as you can.
Take three breaths before breathing out. Take a first deep breath and hold it. Without breathing out, take another breath and hold it. Finally, take a third breath. Then slowly breathe out.
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine Nancy Greenwald MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Nancy Greenwald MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation