The proper breathing technique to relieve COPD and Asthma symptoms
The COPD Foundation recommends a breathing technique at which you exhale two to three times longer than you inhale. This guide will teach you the basics and show you how to customize the technique to your needs.
Disclaimer: Breath ball and this guide are NOT a sufficient therapy! It is a complementary treatment that is beneficial, easy to use and free of charge. Consult with a medical professional before treating any medical conditions with Breath Ball and/or this breathing technique.
If a breathing exercise has an unpleasant effect, stop the exercise immediately and seek the advice of a physician or therapist.
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- Inhale through your nose into your belly for two seconds.
- Exhale through your mouth for six seconds.
- Please Note:
- Belly breathing is the most ergonomic way to breathe. Try to breathe deeply into your belly when inhaling.
- Purse your lips while exhaling. I.e. shape your lips like you’re kissing. This reduces the airflow and increases the pressure in your lungs. The increased pressure in your lungs supports the gas exchange, which improves the lung function of Asthma and COPD patients.
Individual adjustment necessary
The predefined COPD breathing exercise uses a two seconds inhale and six seconds exhale breathing rhythm. However, this may not be suitable depending on your age, daily mood, and personal breathing rhythm. Therefore it is recommended to adjust the COPD breathing technique to your personal breathing habits. If you do so, please consider the following:
- Breathe in at your usual rhythm. Note: Most adults inhale on average between two and three seconds.
- Exhale between two and three times longer as you inhale.
A little longer is better than a little shorter, but more important is that the breathing exercise feels good and is easy to perform.
- The COPD breathing exercise can be combined with slow paced breathing, a technique, that slows the respiration rate down to six breaths per minute, which causes a deep relaxation and inner peace. Something that can be beneficial for both Asthma and COPD patients.
For more information about the benefits of slow paced breathing, follow this link. However, do this only if your health condition allows it and your physician advises you to do so.
You can adjust the COPD breathing technique to your personal needs by creating a new breathing exercise with your preferred settings. For more information on how to do this, please refer to the tutorial “Adding your own breathing exercises“.
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