• Juan Karlos

What is Pursed Lip Breathing? And Why Should You Care?

Do you experience the usual shortness of breath?

If you do, then this breathing technique is perfect for you!

Pursed lip breathing is a breathing method intended to allow the breaths more effective by making them more steady and gradual. You do so when you inhale by gradually and purposely puckering your lips and exhaling through them, always to a list.

To do pursed-lip breathing:

  1. Relax your neck and shoulder muscles.

  2. Breathe in for two seconds through your nose, keeping your mouth closed.

  3. Breathe out for four seconds through pursed lips. If this is too long for you, simply breathe out twice as long as you breathe in.


Pursed lip breathing is a technique that helps people living with asthma or COPD when they experience shortness of breath. Pursed lip breathing helps control shortness of breath, and provides a quick and easy way to slow your pace of breathing, making each breath more effective. (ALA)

This technique is very effective because it helps hold airways open longer and you can expel the air stuck in the lungs by slowing down the respiration rate and relieving shortness of breath. In general, it helps the person breathe easier and expel volatile acids in the form of carbon dioxide preventing or relieving hypercapnia.

Practice this technique 4-5 times a day at first so you can get the correct breathing pattern. Relax your neck and shoulder muscles. Breathe in (inhale) slowly through your nose for two counts, keeping your mouth closed. Don't take a deep breath; a normal breath will do. (Cleveland Clinic)

As good as this technique may sound to those already suffering the shortness of breath, it will still take your time and will only ease the symptoms of an existing disease. So, as much as possible, protect your lungs and live a healthy lifestyle.

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