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How can you drain mucus from the lungs?- 3 exercises you can do at home

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3 ways to release mucus from your lungs

Our respiratory system has its own self-cleaning mechanism.  Pollution, smoking, and some conditions of the respiratory system can slow it down, making it vulnerable to virus and bacterial attack.  When your system is affected, you can feel chest congestion, inflammation, breathlessness, and end up with lung infections.   

In a healthy person, the respiratory system produces a litre or two of mucus per day. Without this transparent, viscous cleanser, our respiratory system becomes dry and malfunctions. However, too much mucus leads to respiratory complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia. The airway narrows and becomes blocked, making it difficult for you to breath. Excess mucus also becomes a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria.

Key ways to prevent or decrease excessive mucus build-up in your lungs are controlled coughing, mucus drainage, and “percussion”.  

You shouldn’t try these if you already have breathing difficulties; instead, go and see your GP. These exercises do not replace medical advice.  

3 ways to release mucus from your lungs

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5 back pain exercises to do at home

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Since more people have started to work from home. It’s unsurprising that we are seeing an increase of lower back problems. If you have started to work from home you might have started to notice aches and pains from having a different work setting.

What is the correct sitting position?

We have made a few pointers on how to have the correct posture in this new environment:

The goal of sitting correctly is to minimise the stress and strain on muscles and joints. Also, to allow good circulation and a relaxed posture that allows you to breathe normally.

To help facilitate this there are certain things you should aim to do.

  • Aim to keep your feet flat on the floor
  • Have your chair at a height that allows your thighs to be parallel to the floor
  • In addition, let the arms rest flat with wrists straight (not cocked at an angle)
  • Ensure the top of the screen is at eye-level to keep the head in a balanced position
  • Crucially, make sure the base of the spine is properly supported.

These are some of the most important pointers. But the list is not exhaustive. A good DSE (Display Screen Equipment) assessment will cover everything you need to know.

 

prevent back pain with the correct posture

Prevent back pain with the correct posture

 

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What are the benefits of acupuncture? – a quick review

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Different approaches to health

There are numerous benefits of acupuncture. If you have had a positive experience you will no doubt be an advocate.

Some people, however, are more skeptical. It might not fit their model of how health care should work.

But the doubters should think again. Acupuncture is becoming more accepted by the medical community. It has been the subject of numerous medical studies. And these have by and large been extremely positive.

Acupuncture is now broadly accepted as a valid treatment for chronic pain. And the placebo effect has also been largely discounted.

Undoubtedly, the difference in opinion stems from the ideas of how our bodies work. Traditional medicine treats bodies as broken and in need of repair.

Conversely, acupuncture puts more faith in our body’s ability. It treats us as an organism that ordinarily functions well.  One that is capable of healing itself.

So how is this beneficial?

Benefits of Acupuncture

Benefits of Acupuncture

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Does acupuncture work? – What the studies tell us

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Staying on point

Does acupuncture work? Certainly, it has caused a lot of debate over recent years.

The mainstream often tries to discredit certain types of therapy. Acupuncture was often labeled ‘alternative’ in the past. Almost as an attempt to undermine its credibility.

But things have changed. It has gained in prominence. Of course, once celebrities started using it interest rose. For example, Chris Evans and Gwyneth Paltrow are both fans.

Remarkably, treatments have increased to over 4 million a year in recent years. People have turned to acupuncture more and more in the last 25 years. This coincides nicely with the formation of the British Acupuncture Council back in June 1995.

But do the studies back up the popularity? Let’s take a look.

Does Acupuncture Work?

Does Acupuncture Work?

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