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10 breathing exercises for asthmatics

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More power for your bronchial tubes: breathing exercises train your lungs and can help to relieve the distress you feel even during an acute asthma attack. Relaxing postures also play an important role. Here we present ten exercises.

In addition to sports and relaxation techniques, regular breathing exercises have a positive effect on the progression of your asthma condition. Ten minutes of breathing exercises a day can improve your breathing and reduce the need for emergency medications.* These exercises can’t cure your asthma, but they can help to relieve the symptoms.

Exercises sitting down, standing or lying down

We have put together ten exercises for you. Most of them can be done in a sitting or standing position. The last exercise is performed in a sleeping or resting position.

How are you feeling?

One of the worst aspects of an asthma attack is never being prepared for it. You can be more confident in coping with your asthma if you know the inflammation level of your airways. The FeNO value plays a key role here. This is an inflammatory marker in exhaled breath that indicates the current degree of inflammation in your lungs. The handy Vivatmo me device measures within seconds at home or out and about how high this value is. Like this, you always know when there is a risk of your condition deteriorating or even of an impending attack. If you then practice your breathing and relaxation exercises, you may even be able to stem off an attack.


Your lungs need lots of oxygen

If you breathe correctly and deliberately, you supply your brain and body cells optimally with oxygen and help your body to relax. This relaxation plays a particularly important role for asthmatics. That’s because during an acute asthma attack, the lower airways become so narrow that you can no longer breathe out normally. In an emergency, often only a few bursts of asthma spray can bring relief.


Don’t panic!

Your fear of suffocating during a seizure additionally aggravates your breathing, causing you to breathe faster. The consequence is a poorer supply of oxygen to your cells. Ideally, correct posture during special breathing exercises and breathing consciously can alleviate your shortness of breath – for example by using the measured pursed lips technique or adopting the coach driver’s position. We present these and other techniques here.

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You are not helpless

In addition to breathing training and breathing exercises, adopting postures that make breathing easier play an important role. They can help to strengthen your auxiliary respiratory muscles and use them effectively to reduce the amount of “breathing work”. This can also help to increase your respiratory flow volume. And the feeling of breathlessness – and helplessness – is reduced!

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Learning to help yourself

Take control of your asthma: with regular measurements and with breathing exercises and the correct posture when breathing gets difficult. Learn to use your own breathing technique like a protective shield. Increase your air inhalation rate, reduce coughing fits and make coughing up phlegm easier: even short sessions that can easily be integrated into your daily routine can help to bring relief when you experience shortness of breath, coughing or phlegm. They are an effective supplement to treating asthma with drugs.

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