The easiest most powerful exercise to help with back pain!

Sitting for long periods of time can cause back pain.  Stop your low back pain right now by doing this one simple exercise:

The easiest most powerful exercise to help with back pain!

Reset your posture and stop your pain!

I am sure you have heard the phrase sitting is the new smoking.  This is probably because sitting and being sedentary is being linked to all sorts of health problems, especially chronic pain.  Not only am I a Registered Respiratory Therapist, I am also a Certified Postural Alignment Specialist trained in providing chronic pain relief.  This allows me the rare ability and opportunity to incorporate many pain relieving exercises into the workouts for our Pulmonary Patients.  Also, once we help Patients straighten their posture, they are amazed at how much of an improvement there is in their breathing.  Their oxygen levels go up and their heart rate goes down!  Remember your body works as a complete unit.

With this in mind, have you been sitting all day and regularly experience lower back pain? If you are looking for an amazingly powerful, simple, yet effective exercise, static back is for you! Continue reading

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Barometric pressure change and shortness of breath flare ups

Barometric pressure change and shortness of breath flare ups with COPD, Asthma, Pulmonary Fibrosis and other Pulmonary conditions.

Barometric pressure change and shortness of breath flare ups with COPD, Asthma, Pulmonary Fibrosis and other Pulmonary conditions. “Why do I feel so lousy when a storm is coming?”
This is a very common question we get asked at our Pulmonary Rehab office.

Here is some information that may help answer this question:

Although it is commonly recognized that changes in barometric pressure and temperature can affect respiratory symptoms for people with COPD and asthma, there has been only one study reporting the effects of changes in meteorological conditions on respiratory symptoms in COPD. This was published by Mann and colleagues in CHEST in 1993, and the authors concluded that rising barometric pressures at times correlated with worsening symptoms. Others have noted that symptoms may increase when the Continue reading

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COPD and stomach bloating

“I have COPD, why is my stomach always bloated?”

I was asked this question in a wonderful Facebook group, and I would like to share it with our audience too.  This is an excellent question!

Let’s jump right in. We get asked this question in our Pulmonary Rehab office quite frequently, so please know that you are not alone. There is not one simple answer to this question so I have broken it up into 4 parts.

Some of the reasons could be:

1. Swallowing air in general, simply due to shortness of breath.  Shortness of breath leads to increased number of breaths that you take per minute (your respiratory rate) which may make you swallow lots of air throughout the day.

2. Swallowing air during eating. You’re already short of breath and now you’re trying to eat, you may be unknowingly gulping air along with the food. Continue reading

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Seated Three Position Curls

Seated Forward Curls

*As always, check with your Doctor before doing any exercises.

Have you ever wanted to get stronger but just don’t know where to begin?  Are you afraid to exercise because it makes you short of breath?  Do you have COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis or Lung Cancer and want to get stronger?
If so, these exercises are great for you!

Don’t worry, here’s where to start:
You can gain arm strength, and reduce your shortness of breath with these simple yet powerful exercises!

Seated Three Position Curls

Seated curls are great Pulmonary Rehab and Lung Cancer Rehab exercises to strengthen your arm muscles without making you too short of breath. These simple yet effective exercises will help build parts  of the arm muscles you use everyday such for tasks such as: bathing, showering, cooking getting dressed, opening and closing doors and drawers etc… Don’t forget, stronger muscles equals less shortness of breath!

The key to success with these exercises is to make sure you coordinate your breathing with the motion.
Always exhale on exertion, or even easier to remember: Blow and Lift.

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When the Weather Gives us Lemons, Let’s Make Lemonade

LemonsWhile lemons are notorious for being    extremely sour and bitter, these tiny, juicy fruits are extremely nutrient dense and bring a lot of health benefits to our body.

While a majority of people do not like to eat lemons alone, they are an excellent addition to bring flavor to any dish!

Lemons are in their peak blooming   season during the month of August, so take advantage of this fruit when it is in its prime. With its antioxidant properties and excellent source of   vitamin C, just a small amount of lemon per day could greatly benefit your health.

Vitamin C Benefits

Vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidants. This antioxidant is important to neutralize free radicals found in the body, decreasing inflammation or painful swelling in the body. If you are struggling with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoporosis, lemons may help aide in this pain.

Free radicals also cause damage to blood vessel walls and make it easier for cholesterol to build up. However, the vitamin C that is contained in lemons can prevent this from occurring.
Information obtained from http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=27

Vitamin C is also very beneficial to the immune system, making it stronger and more able to fight off infections like colds, flus, and ear infections. Immune systems can also be weakened because of stress-induced activities, and individuals who are obese or participate in smoking and drinking alcohol can deplete their vitamin C levels (www.webmd.com).

Increasing Iron Absorption

Certain vitamins and minerals are not easily digestible when paired with other nutrients. However, when pairing sources of vitamin C with sources of iron, the vitamin C helps aide in iron absorption, allowing your body to metabolize the iron more efficiently. This also decreases your chances of developing an iron-related anemia (Ware, M. 2015).

For example, squeeze fresh lemon on top of a piece of cooked salmon before eating.

Maintaining a Healthy Complexion

Vitamin C also plays a role in the formation of collagen, which gives your skin the strength and support it needs. When vitamin C is eaten or applied directly to the skin, it can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve skin in general, and fix skin damage caused by the sun (Ware, M. 2015).

About the author:

Stephanie Bio PicHello!  My name is Stephanie Holinko, Nutrition Consultant at PulmonaryRehab.com

I am available as a resource to answer any nutritional questions or concerns that you may have and  I am also available to help you achieve any nutrition related goals that you may have.  I look forward to connecting with you!

 

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Don’t buy a Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC) until you read this!

alloxygen*As always, check with your Doctor first before making any changes to your oxygen dosage.

We know that it is very tempting to imagine the freedom that a portable oxygen concentrator (POC) can give you.  Unfortunately, this freedom may come at a very high cost financially and even more importantly to your health.

The need to maintain adequate blood oxygen levels to avoid damaging your Lungs, Heart and Brain is the primary goal for anyone with a Pulmonary condition.

We would like to share some very important information that could save your life! Continue reading

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Help your breathing and reduce low back pain at the same time with this powerful exercise!

As always, check with your Doctor before doing any exercises.

Seated Knee Pillow Squeezes

You can gain leg strength, reduce your shortness of breath and have less low back pain all with this simple yet powerful exercise!

Seated knee pillow squeezes are a great Pulmonary Rehab and Lung Cancer Rehab exercise to strengthen your leg muscles without making you too short of breath. This simple yet effective exercise will help build some of the muscles used for walking and stair climbing and as an added benefit it can help reduce low back pain.  Stronger muscles equals less shortness of breath!

Remember to breathe properly: Blow out gently with your lips and inhale softly and slowly only through your nose throughout the entire exercise.

Let’s begin:
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Today’s Pulmonary and Lung Cancer Rehab Exercise

This is the first in a series of Pulmonary and Lung Cancer Rehab exercises we will be posting on our blog.

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Here is today’s exercise
If you are stuck in the house from the rough winter we are having, like most of us here in New England, sitting around all day (especially working at the computer) can make your entire body stiff.  I want to share with you a simple yet effective way to stretch and wake up your body.  This fun exercise is called:

 

Sitting Cats and Dogs

This is a terrific whole body gentle stretching exercise that you can do sitting in a chair to help loosen your hips, low back, shoulders, upper back and tight neck.

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The REAL reason some Doctors don’t prescribe Pulmonary Rehabilitation or Lung Cancer Rehabilitation (Part Two)

Thank you!

Hello everyone, I just want to take a moment to say “Thank you!” We have gotten overwhelming amounts of positive feedback via Email, and Social Media from Part One of this blog post as we discussed some of the reasons why some Doctors don’t prescribe Pulmonary Rehabilitation or Lung Cancer Rehabilitation.

When I wrote this blog post, I wondered if people would actually take time out of their busy schedules to read it. Wow, was I surprised at the results:

The number of page views on our blog increased from 5,431 to 15,998!
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I am sharing this information, not to brag (I’ll admit it made me very proud) but to acknowledge how great the need is for Pulmonary Patients to get their questions answered, offer them hope and for them to know they are not alone.

Also, someone said to me “Oh, you’re the guy that doesn’t like Doctors”

I will admit that I was a little surprised by this statement. This couldn’t be further than the truth. If you recall from Part One of this blog post I really emphasized:

“This article does not represent the majority of the excellent Physicians practicing today as well as the excellent Patients, just the ones that don’t get it. “

Personally, some of my best friends are Doctors and professionally 90% of all the referrals we get weekly are from wonderful Pulmonary, Cardiology and Internal Medicine Physicians. The message I am trying to convey is there is something huge missing from the treatment plan for Pulmonary and Lung Cancer Patients: Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Our goal is to simply help Patients by raising awareness.

Now, it’s time to discuss some solutions to help Patients get referred for Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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The REAL reason some Doctors don’t prescribe Pulmonary Rehabilitation or Lung Cancer Rehabilitation (Part One)

Here is the inside scoop on the REAL reason some Doctors do not prescribe Pulmonary Rehabilitation or Lung Cancer Rehabilitation:
(Part One)

24646970_sThe number one question we get every time we meet a new Pulmonary Rehab (PR) or Lung Cancer Rehab (LCR) patient is: Why didn’t my Doctor send me to you sooner?

Hold onto your seats this is going to cause quite a bit of controversy and ruffle some feathers, but it needs to get addressed. This question can not be easily summed up in just one answer. The reasons are divided: it is really ½ the Doctors responsibility and ½ the Patients responsibility.

Let’s look at few factors that create a scenario in which Patients do not get referred to Pulmonary Rehabilitation or Lung Cancer Rehabilitation, then finally we can offer some solutions:

• Today’s typical doctor office visit
• Today’s Doctor/Patient relationship
• The Doctor types that do not refer PR
• The Patient types Doctors do not want to refer to PR

*I can not emphasize this enough- This article does not represent the majority of the excellent Physicians practicing today as well as the excellent Patients, just the ones that don’t get it.

I truly believe that once some light is shed on this topic Doctors and Patients will both benefit greatly!

Here are 2 Rules to keep in mind as we continue:

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