Tuesday, 22. September 2020
Physiotherapist Marlies Ziegler explains how respiratory physiotherapy for COPD works and every week for three weeks she will present a simple breathing exercise. The exercises increase the ribcage’s flexibility and they can reduce shortness of breath, coughing and hyperinflation, as well make it easier to dislodge mucus from the bronchial tubes.
This exercise mobilises the cervical spine and the ribs and stretches the pectoral muscles. This exercise is performed using a fluid movement and in sync with one’s breathing.
How to do this exercise:
4 to 8 breaths per side. Repeat the exercise on the other side.
About Marlies Ziegler
Marlies Ziegler works as a physiotherapist in private practice in Munich. She specialises in respiratory physiotherapy. She has been treating patients with chronic obstructive and restrictive airway diseases such as asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis (CF) and primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) for 20 years.
You can read the entire interview with Marlies Ziegler in which she explains why respiratory physiotherapy can help with COPD and you can read more about the “Standing Crescent Moon” exercise in Part 1 and the “Rotating while Seated” exercise in Part 2.
NOTE: The information in this blog post is not a treatment recommendation. The needs of patients vary greatly from person to person. The treatment approaches presented should be viewed only as examples. PARI recommends that patients always coordinate with their doctor and physiotherapist.
An article written by the PARI BLOG editorial team.