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Using Massage for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Massage of the rib cage and neck helps strengthen respiratory muscles, increase oxygen saturation in the blood and decrease shortness of breath.

Strengthening Respiratory Muscles with Massage

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    Sufferers of COPD have difficulty breathing, typically due to chronic bronchitis, emphysema or a combination of both. 

    Massaging your rib cage and neck helps strengthen respiratory muscles, increases oxygen saturation in the blood, decreases shortness of breath, lessens the flow of stress hormones and improves pulmonary functions.

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    When massaging your rib cage, DO NOT use a handheld massager. Use your hands and fingers to keep the massage gentle.

    When massaging your neck, you can use a handheld massager or wrap massager to increase blood flow, increase muscle strength, and offer relaxation. 

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