Stretching exercises for people with lung diseases are designed to gently lengthen large muscle groups to improve overall flexibility and muscle efficiency. Stretching on a daily basis will make you feel more agile and will improve your ability to exercise. It is often uncomfortable but becomes easier with time. Stretching should always be done slowly and gently. A sustained prolonged stretch will provide the best benefit. Do not use bouncing or jerking motions when stretching. Stretching may be done daily without harm, however it is important to consult a health professional about a stretching program if you have any health problems or if you experience any persistent discomfort or joint pain with these activities.
Anthony T Scardella, MD
Specialty: Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine
Location and Office HoursRobert Wood Johnson Medical Group Pulmonology & Critical Care
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
- Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
- Saint Peter's University Hospital
- Somerset Medical Center
How can stretching exercises help people with lung diseases?
Lyall Gorenstein, Cardiothoracic Surgery, answered on behalf of Columbia University Department of Surgery
What are some serious complications of respiratory problems?
Serious complications arising from respiratory problems are many and cause difficulty breathing, which will inhibit the body's ability to utilize oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide. "Respiratory problems" is a broad term that covers an expansive list of maladies. The respiratory system includes the nasal passages, mouth and throat, larynx (voice box), trachea, bronchi and lungs. There can be problems with any of these areas, some of which are mild, such as nasal allergies and colds. More severe problems can be emphysema, pneumonia, or even lung cancer.
Why is lung resection surgery performed?
Lyall Gorenstein, Cardiothoracic Surgery, answered on behalf of Columbia University Department of SurgeryA lung resection is a surgical procedure to remove a damaged or diseased portion of a lung, or a whole lung. Common reasons for undergoing a lung resection include cancer of the lung, metastatic cancer from other areas, emphysema, and some forms of tuberculosis. Lung resection surgery offers the best opportunity for curing lung cancer when the disease is caught in its early stages.
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