Tag Archives: Stress urinary incontinence

Stress Urinary Incontinence in COPD – what can you do?

If you have been taught ‘Pelvic Floor Exercises’ in the past then you should continue to do these again. Try to contract your pelvic floor muscles during your Airway Clearance Technique or when coughing and sneezing. Using an Airway Clearance Technique to clear sputum from your lungs reduces how much coughing is required to clear […]

Stress Urinary Incontinence and COPD

What is stress urinary incontinence? If muscles in your pelvis became weak, there is a risk of you leaking urine during exertion, or straining yourself. For example when you sneeze or cough. Women with COPD are more likely than men to have stress urinary incontinence because of the difference between male and female anatomy and […]

Before doing your Airway Clearance Techniques

Drink and tissues. Be prepared with a drink, and something to cough into such as a tissue or pot, before you start. Inhalation therapy. If you take bronchodilator inhalers or nebulisers such as Salbutamol, use these prior to performing your Airway Clearance Technique. This will open up your airways and make it easier to move […]

Managing your cough better

Coughing alone will only clear the sputum that is sitting in your trachea/windpipe. By using an Airway Clearance Technique you will give the whole of your lungs a proper clear out – right down to the tiny air sacs (alveoli). You will not need to cough as much when you use the breathing exercises in […]