Global Shortage of Contrast Media for Scans – Learn More

Skip the wait and schedule your appointments online or through MyChart.

COVID Vaccine Now Available for Ages 6 months+ – Learn More

St. Luke's B.E.S.T.

Breathe

Banner

Using the incentive spirometer, your goal is to take at least 10 breaths, 4 times a day, for a total of 40 breaths. Use our tracking log to log your breathing exercises.

Just as you can strengthen your arm and leg muscles, you can also strengthen your lungs. Taking long, deep breaths is the best exercise for improving lung function prior to surgery. This keeps secretions clear, lowers your risk of developing breathing complications following surgery and increases oxygen flow to the rest of your body. Taking deep breaths also strengthens chest wall and abdominal muscles which will decrease pain and have a big impact on how quickly you recover.