6 Breathing Exercises For Asthma

Breathing exercises for asthma patients have been shown to help a lot. Asthma is a common medical condition that causes your lungs to become inflamed in the airways. When you have asthma, you need to learn how it can make it difficult for you to breathe and cause a dozen other symptoms, including wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness, which are also debilitating.

Pursed-Lip Breathing Steps –

• Slowly breathe in through your nose keeping your mouth closed
• At the count of five, breathe out through pursed lips as if you were about to blow a whistle or a candle
• You should breathe out twice as long as you breathe in

Progressive Relaxation Technique Steps –

• Lie down on your back with your eyes closed
• Focus on breathing through the nose. You should use the technique of diaphragmatic breathing.
• Tense your muscles in the right foot, relax, and then release slowly
• Do the same with the left foot
• Continue staying in a relaxed position for about 10-15 seconds before returning to the starting position

Diaphragmatic Breathing Steps

• Lie on the back with your knees slightly bent. Place a pillow beneath your knees.
• Now position one hand flat on the chest and the other on your abdomen, as you inhale deeply through the nose
• Make sure while breathing in, your stomach goes out but your chest remains still
• Now exhale slowly through pursed lips
• Practice the technique until you are able to inhale and exhale with moving your chest

Nasal Breathing steps

• Sit comfortably with legs crossed
• Place your right hand on the right knee
• Raise your left hand up and bring it closer to your nose
• Breathe out completely, then use your left thumb and other fingers to block the left nostril
• Breathe in through the right nostril and then close the right nostril using the thumb and fingers
• Open the left nostril and breathe out
• Take a deep breath through the left nostril before closing it
• Open the right nostril and breathe out
• Continue this cycle for about five minutes
• Remember to complete the cycle by finishing with an exhale on the right side

Papworth Method steps

• Slowly inhale through the nose
• Exhale through pursed lips as if you are blowing out a candle. Remember, the exhalation should be twice as long as the inhalation.
• Repeat this cycle 3-5 times

Buteyko Breathing Steps

• Sit straight on a comfortable chair
• Relax your abdominal and chest muscles as you take a deep breath. Keep your face straight and eyes closed while doing so.
• Inhale through the nose keeping your mouth closed
• Take a deep and shallow breath
• Now slowly breathe out until you feel your lungs are no longer filled with air
• Hold your breath so long as you can before returning to gentle breathing

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