Pursed Lip Breathing
Pursed lip breathing is one of the simplest ways to control shortness of breath. It provides a quick and easy way to slow your pace of breathing, making each breath more effective.
What does pursed lip breathing do?
When should I use this technique?
Practice this technique 4-5 times a day at first so you can get the correct breathing pattern.
Pursed lip breathing technique
1. Relax your neck and shoulder muscles. (figure to
3. Pucker or "purse" your lips as if you were going to whistle or gently flicker the flame of a candle. (figure to left)
4. Breathe out (exhale) slowly and gently through your pursed lips while counting to four. It may help to count to yourself: exhale, one, two, three, four. (figure to right)
With regular practice, this technique will seem natural to you.
© Copyright 1995-2005 The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. All rights reserved