Qigong for Pulmonary Health
Noah Greenspan, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary PT and author of the book Ultimate Pulmonary Wellness, said quite appropriately,
“If you can’t breathe, nothing else matters”
He goes on to say, our bodies are like cars. “The more you put into them, the better they run”. He is a firm believer in Qigong and Tai Chi and uses it in his practice in New York City for his patients suffering from pulmonary conditions such as COPD, IPF, Asthma and COVID-19.
Breathing can be difficult for more people than just those affected by pulmonary conditions. Take for example, those suffering from height loss with osteoporosis, those with weight gain due to thyroid issues or rib fractures from falls.
Qigong and Tai chi have been demonstrated in research to improve respiratory function outcomes as good as pulmonary rehab, allowing more people to access care. The British Journal of Sports Medicine posted an article in 2015 stating “Tai Chi demonstrates improvement in functional exercise capacity in individuals with different chronic conditions without aggravating symptoms of pain and dyspnea.” The conditions they were looking at included cancer, osteoarthritis, heart failure and COPD.
(Polkey, Michael, PhD., et al) Tai Chi and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Compared for Treatment – Naïve Patients With COPD, A Randomized Controlled Trial. Chestjournal.org . 153#5CHESTMay2018.)
(Chen Yi-Wen, et al. The effect of Tai Chi on four chronic conditions – cancer, osteoarthritis, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Br.J.Sports Med. 2015:1-12
Are you thinking this may help you? You are welcome to join us after completing the Fundamentals webinar to learn the basic principles (3 classes). QPH meets weekly to practice the 4 baskets of Qigong including self-massage, breath, movement and meditation. The flow and massage techniques are specific to improving your pulmonary function and overall health and wellbeing. The form is gentle and can be performed sitting so no worries if you are concerned about physical endurance or tolerance. Come Qi with me from the comfort of your own home on our Zoom platform!
Still have questions? Email me (email@example.com). I would love for you to discover what I have found to be an important missing link in my own self-care!