It is commonly known that breathing issues are heavily associated with COPD. Much research lately has gone towards the connection between posture and COPD. While good posture does not stop or fix the issue that is COPD but it can greatly reduce your shortness of breath which has a link with COPD.
Whenever your stand slouched or sit, your diaphragm and ribcage are pressed against each other. This creates poor positioning and makes it more difficult for your body to breathe properly, thus working harder overall. You can try this yourself by leaning forward with your shoulders hunched over, you will notice a shortened breath.
When you suffer from COPD, your body has to work harder to maintain and get oxygen, poor posture makes this process more difficult. Having good posture while sitting is vital to ensure you breathe properly, while COPD can make it difficult to breathe, poor posture can make it even more difficult.
In order to help with breathing it's important to have decent posture, this can be achieved via a posture corrector and other self-care tools. Check out below some ways to ensure your posture is proper without the aid of devices.
1st standing posture:
- Keep feet shoulder length apart.
- Rest your hands on your hips
- Place your hands on your thighs
- Ensure shoulders are leaning forward and relaxed.
- Dangle your arms forward.
2nd standing posture:
- Rest your hands on something shoulder height, a piece of furniture is sufficient.
- Use forearms to steady yourself.
- Ensure the neck & shoulder are relaxed.
once again, some strange posture positions but this will greatly improve your breathing patterns and overall have a positive effect on COPD.
1st sitting posture:
- Lay your feet on the floor
- Move your chest slightly forward
- Place and rest your elbows on your knees
- Place your chin in your hands
- Keep your shoulder muscles relaxed
2nd sitting posture:
- place your feet on the floor.
- put your chest forward.
- place your arms on a table.
- ensure your arms are relaxed.
Now, this positioning may seem strange but it can greatly help improve posture and overall breathing patterns and abilities.
A lot of people don't realise how posture can influence sleep as well, thus having an effect on COPD and overall breathing. Check out some suggestions for better posture sleeping positions!
1st sleeping posture:
- Lay down on your side, either is fine, place a pillow in between your legs at the knee point, a second pillow should be placed to keep your head elevated.
- Ensure your back is straight once pillows are in their positions.
- Enjoy a good night's rest.
2nd sleeping posture:
- Lay down on your bed with your head slightly elevated with your knees bent, place a pillow under your knees in order to help with this.
As mentioned, these posture positions can be seen as a little strange and unorthodox, however, they can help improve breathing significantly! Improving posture can seem hard at first, but with some practice, this can become second nature and help provide positive benefits short and long term.