Spirometer Exercises

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Spirometer exercises are the medical term for breathing exercises that help prevent respiratory problems or keep them from getting worse. The spirometer is a hand-held device that a person blows into that helps exercise the lungs following surgical procedures as well as to help strengthen lungs weakened by respiratory illness, including pneumonia.

Spirometer

Inspect the spirometer you are given and understand its function. In most cases, the spirometer is a plastic piece of equipment that is hand held and light weight in nature. It comes with a handle, a breathing tube or apparatus and is fitted with a tube with a ball or measuring device that will rise or fall according to the air pressure blown into it. The tube is marked in increments that measures air flow. Try blowing into the spirometer to get a feel for the device and how it works.

Spirometers come in many different styles, shapes and sizes. Some are larger than others, but all are designed to measure airflow and come with a ball or other marker that indicates the amount of air pressure inside the tube. Measuring volume of air is vital in the treatment and assessment of such conditions as emphysema, asthma and bronchitis.

Breathing Exercise

Sit up in bed and hold the spirometer near the mouth. Place the mouthpiece into your mouth, like you're blowing on a whistle. Inhale slowly and deeply, trying to move the ball or marker to the top of the spirometer, and then pause, holding your breath for a count of three to five. Then, slowly exhale. Sometimes, the doctor will encourage a patient to breath quickly, inhaling and exhaling deeply and with force. This exercise, which is similar to the force needed to blow up a balloon, is also a good exercise and indicator of lung function.

Exercise Duration

Practice the spirometer exercise at least 10 times each hour following surgery, as directed by your physician or health care provider. Patients suffering from respiratory conditions such as COPD or pneumonia may also be encouraged to use a spirometer to help exercise the lungs, increase capacity and oxygenation.

Breathing and Coughing Exercises

Breathe in the method your doctor suggests. Cough after performing spirometer exercises. Patients undergoing any type of respiratory exercises are encouraged to cough to help keep lungs clear of excess fluids. Those who have recently undergone surgery will be taught how best to protect incisions and prevent pain during such breathing and coughing exercises.

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