Papworth breathing technique
What is the Papworth breathing technique?
The Papworth breathing technique is used by respiratory physiotherapists to control and correct breathing. The Papworth technique encourages gentler, more relaxed breathing using the abdomen rather than chest.
The Papworth breathing technique consists of a series of diaphragmatic breathing and relaxation exercises, and teaches patients which muscles to use when breathing and how to avoid breathing too deeply or too fast by emphasising nose breathing. The technique is altered to suit activity; this allows the technique to be integrated by patients into their everyday lives with subsequent improvements in quality of life.
The technique is most effective when used in combination with asthma medications. It will not replace the need for asthma medications, but may reduce reliance upon, and frequency which they are required.
What are the benefits of the Papworth breathing technique?
The Papworth breathing technique relieves symptoms of respiratory conditions through the following benefits:
- Making breathing more controlled and efficient
- Reducing anxiety
- Teaching how important it is for breathing to be suited to activity
- May reduce reliance on medications
Who would benefit from the Papworth breathing technique?
The Papworth breathing technique is beneficial in any person who has a respiratory condition which causes altered breathing. People likely to benefit from learning and practising the Papworth breathing technique include:
- Asthma patients
- Hyperventilation syndrome
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Chronic bronchitis