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Hello and welcome, Carolyn .I completely agree with you. Breathing exercises are helpful in most of the lung and chest disorders including restrictive lung disease. So stopping them would not be advisable. In your brother's case they would help him keeping his lung functions better and chest wall / cage in healthy state. Please see these authentic reference resources also which advocate chest physiotherapy / breathing exercises;
Patients who benefit the most from a pulmonary rehabilitation program:
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If my brother has 30% lung capacity and uses deep breathing exercises, is it possible to get back to 50 % or more lung capacity and get off the portable oxygen tanks and extend his life expectancy. His doctor has just told him he has 15 - 30 years and are testing the low dose of viagara to see if that helps. Where do we find a specialist who has a background with paralysis, scoliosis and pulmonary hypertension. It seems that the specialists he has encountered so far have just looked at the simple things. He obviously has idiopathic adolescent scoliosis as his curvature of the spine occurred between 10 and 16 years and after doing research online about patients who have had scolios operations it is quite common that they develop restrictive lung disease. I am very disappointed that his surgeon did not advise doing deep breathing exercises at the time of his surgery thirty years ago knowing that he had a strong chance of developing restrictive lung disease which then leads to pulmonary hypertension. Thanks very much for your time.