Breathing issues can have a variety of causes, and illness is usually attributed to be the root of the problem. Examples of minor illness include colds and sinus infections. Serious illness includes heart disease, lung cancer, and pneumonia. Chronic conditions such as allergies, athsma, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) also cause breathing difficulty. However, what if you have breathing problems without illness? Some of these symptoms include tightness in the chest, difficulty taking a deep breath, pain in the chest, upper back or shoulder with deep or heavy breathing. Or what if you have symptoms of a respiratory illness without a detectible cause? Compression of the chest and emotional stress or anxiety can also cause these types of problems. While medical treatment addresses the illness contributing to breathing problems, persons with issues not caused by significant illness may be participating in breathing exercises, meditation, stress management, postural training, stretching, exercise, or a variety of manual therapies to address this problem with variable or temporary results.