What is Diaphragmatic Breathing?

Diaphragmatic breathing, also known as belly breathing or abdominal breathing, is a deep breathing exercise that fully engages the diaphragm and increases the efficiency of the lungs.

What is the purpose of diaphragmatic breathing?

Diaphragmatic breathing strengthens the diaphragm, decreases the work of breathing by slowing your breathing rate, decreases oxygen demand, and uses less effort and energy to breathe.

Who can benefit from using this breathing technique?

This breathing method is beneficial to people with obstructive lung disease such as COPD, asthma, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal conditions, gastroesophageal reflux disease, stress, anxiety, and depression.

How does a person perform diaphragmatic breathing?

Diaphragmatic breathing should be practiced until it becomes second nature. It’s most effective when you’re focused or relaxed. It should be performed 5-10 minutes twice a day.
1. Lay on your back on a firm, comfortable surface with your knees bent. Also, you can sit comfortably in a chair with your shoulders, head and neck relaxed.
2. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your belly, below your ribs. Breathe in slowly through your nose. Picture your belly filling with air, from the bottom up.
3. Tighten your stomach muscles, letting them fall inward as you exhale through pursed lips. The hand on your upper chest must remain as still as possible.

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