Turn treatment-time into play-time with cross country skiing. Getting out into the sun and getting some much needed vitamin D from the sun can be essential to pulmonary health in the wintertime. The long slow pace of cross country skiing can help to build stronger muscles which allows the body to use less oxygen and use it more efficiently. More efficient oxygen use can lead to less production of carbon dioxide and that can aid in alleviating breathlessness especially while doing airway clearance techniques. If you tire out during your airway clearance sessions you will be less effective in mobilizing your secretions, making your airway clearance more challenging and inefficient. The coordinated breathing requirements during cross country skiing can itself help mobilize your secretions and even getting air in behind stuck secretions which will help your clear those secretions as well. If you’re struggling to get your child engaged with their airway clearance techniques try turning airway clearance into play, it could help lessen the burden of persuading your child to do their treatments. If you’re an adult, remember that the best airway clearance technique for you is the one that you will actually do. There are tons of airway clearance techniques and tons of outside the box ideas as well. Experiment today and put the fun back into your life. Remember airway hygiene is an important part of primary ciliary dyskinesia care.
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