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The Secret to Relieving Shortness of Breath

Have you ever heard about pursed-lip breathing?


It is a breathing technique intended to allow the breaths more effective by making them more steady and gradual. You do so when you inhale by gradually and purposely puckering your lips and exhaling through them, always to a list.


If you usually experience shortness of breath, then this breathing exercise is perfect for you!



Breathing with the pursed mouth is a strategy that benefits those with asthma or COPD as they feel shortness of breath. Pursed lip breathing helps reduce shortness of breath, which offers a fast and simple way to slow down the breathing rate, making every breath more effective.

This technique is very effective because it helps hold airways open longer and you can expel the air stuck in the lungs by slowing down the respiration rate and relieving shortness of breath. In general, it helps the person breathe easier and expel volatile acids in the form of carbon dioxide preventing or relieving hypercapnia.


Here's how to do it:



  • 1) Relax your neck and shoulder muscles.

2) Breathe in for two seconds through your nose, keeping your mouth closed.


3) Breathe out for four seconds through pursed lips. If this is too long for you, simply breathe out twice as long as you breathe in.

(Source: WebMD)



Practice this technique 4-5 times a day at first so you can get the correct breathing pattern. Relax your neck and shoulder muscles. Breathe in (inhale) slowly through your nose for two counts, keeping your mouth closed. Don't take a deep breath; a normal breath will do. (Cleveland Clinic)


As good as this technique may sound to those already suffering the shortness of breath, it will still take your time and will only ease the symptoms of an existing disease. So, as much as possible, protect your lungs and live a healthy lifestyle.

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