Hello everyone, have been struggling with my bronchiectasis for a while, getting infections every month even though I am on antibiotics all the time. I upped the exercise I do but it didn't make much difference. So I had a session with a respiratory physiotherapist (I went private) and she taught me a different way of active breathing which I thought I would share with you as it does seem to be helping (three weeks since last infection, cross fingers) plus sleeping better.
Breathe in slowly ensuring you use the bottom of your lungs, hold for a bit, and then breath out slowly. Try not to cough but swallow instead. This should be done ten times before a big breath and a huff. Holding your breath, which I wasn't doing before, helps shift the mucus from underneath. The process should be repeated four times, in the morning and evening and in the day if needed.
She also recommended an aerobika machine (like a flutter device). She said they are much easier to use than the ones with metal balls and can be used in any position, even lying down. The only place I could find them was Ireland and it was about £130 with postage (the pound's weakness against the Euro doesn't help) so have ordered one.
Best wishes to everyone