Asthma – Breathing
Exercises can help in Mild Cases
June 6th, 2006
A double blind
randomized trial of different breathing exercises was tested to measure
how it could help in the treatment of asthma. The results were first
published in the online edition of Thorax.
discovered that using a breathing exercise in mild asthma cases can
reduce the need for using an inhaler by 80 percent and also reduced the
dosage of medication needed.
There were a total
of 57 adult participants that suffer from mild asthma and used the
preventer inhaler at least four times a week were assigned randomly two
separate breathing techniques. The first breathing exercise was to use
a shallow nasal breathing with slow exhalations. The second breathing
exercise used general upper body exercised along with relaxation.
exercises were to be completed two times a day for around 25 minutes a
day. The participants did this for over a 30 week period of time. If
they needed to use the inhaler if an asthma attack was occurring they
were recommended to use the breathing technique first before using the
inhaler. If the breathing didn’t work they were to use their inhaler.