The Papworth Method
The Papworth method is quite similar to diaphragmatic breathing and the Buteyko method. This technique results in gentler and more relaxed breathing from the diaphragm, through the nose. It is more effective when combined with asthma medications, and may also reduce the need for it if practiced daily.
In 1952, the Buteyko Breathing exercise was developed by Ukrainian Dr. Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko. The ButeykoBreathing technique is geared towards helping asthmatics who have trouble breathing at a slow pace.
The technique, when performed properly, helps decrease the number and severity of asthma attacks. It can also help reduce the dosage of medication needed.
This technique requires an individual to breathe in and out through the nose, slowly and deeply, while focusing on using the diaphragm. To check whether the method is working or not, a special breath-hold test called the Control Pause can be done.
Pursed lip breathing
This is a commonly used exercise when a person is experiencing an asthma attack. Pursed lip breathing releases air trapped in your lungs to relieve shortness of breath.
To do this, you need to breathe through your nose for 2 counts. Purse your lips, like you’re about to whistle. Slowly exhale through your lips, 2 counts longer than when inhaling. Repeat the process until your breathing pattern regulates.
Based on a study, asthmatic patients who practice yoga experience fewer asthma attacks during the day and night. This method has also allowed some patients to reduce their medication. Always consult your doctor regarding changes in your medication.
Through the combination of physical movements and deep breathing, yoga may help improve a person’s overall lung health.
The different breathing exercises to improve asthma attacks may be helpful to those suffering asthma.
Practicing these techniques regularly can help you manage your asthma attacks and decrease the chances of it developing into something more severe.
This may also help in lessening the use of inhaled medications. However, these exercises may not fully restore your total respiratory health.
Make sure that when doing these exercises, your medications are on hand in case of emergencies. It is important to consult your doctor before trying out any of these exercises to ensure your safety.