Tightening of the chest is a common symptom of patients coping with lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The symptom indicates tightness of the chest usually linked with an ongoing pain inside the chest, causing problems in breathing and finally sense a shortness of breath. The symptoms are also very much like an anxiety or panic attack and activate a lot of serious pain and agony. You will have to understand that if you are living with a lung disease, any other circumstances that lead to difficulty in breathing are bad inclusions to your normal life.

Even though alternative treatments are available to brace the symptoms of the disease, possibly lessen the advancement of the disease and shape up the quality of life. The Lung Institute has given some tips to handle your daily symptoms to reduce chest tightness from COPD.

What is COPD?

Breathing Slow

Aggressive oxygenating causes anxiety and tightness in the chest. Therefore slow breathing is recommended. Your mind and body will relax when you carry out a feeling of control over your breathing by taking slower breaths.

Deeper Breaths

Take deeper breaths like in meditation. Breathe in and out slowly for as high as 8 counts.

Also, note that breathing should always be from the diaphragm.

Right Posture

Focusing on correct posture is important for relief from chest tightness. Keep your back straight and hands on your lap or thighs when breathing. It is necessary to close your eyes and tongue should touch the roof the mouth and then inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth.

Change in Diet

Certain food items such as fatty, processed and fried food can contribute to gas building within the body leading to pressure and pain in the chest area. Even a slight bloating can cause severe chest tightness and pain.

Seeking Medication

It is best to seek medical advice and treatment if there is no improvement in chest tightness. Consult your physician if you are experiencing frequent bouts of chest tightness as they will be able to diagnose the root cause and give appropriate medical treatment to relieve the pain or nip the buildup of symptoms

COPD resources

The tightening feeling within the chest can be an extremely painful routine for those with COPD. In order to curtail these symptoms on a long term basis, there are certain changes that have to take place in your life. Quitting smoking is one of the first steps. Although it is considered to be the hardest, your own longevity and quality of life has to be taken into consideration in this change.  Having a healthy diet and exercising is an easy step to carry on. These changes could also possibly affect the declaration of symptoms within COPD, emphysema or pulmonary fibrosis. But sometimes, if these changes do not improve your quality of life in the way that you may expect, it could be better to consider stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy can directly affect disease advancement and may improve the quality of life.