Arm Extensions for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Picture of the arm-extension exercise for COPD

Before starting any exercise program, talk to your health professional. He or she may ask that you do specific exercises and will help you determine how often and how long to do them and your long-term goals.

Start the exercise slowly and gradually. Either keep track of how long you can do it or count the number of times you can do it before you are mildly out of breath. Then rest and move on to the next exercise. Each week, increase the amount of time you do them or how many you do.

  • Start with your arms by your side.
  • Breathe out as you raise one arm to shoulder height, keeping the arm straight and pointing to the side.
  • Breathe in as you return your arm to your side.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine

Current as ofDecember 6, 2017

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